The Volkswagen Golf has been around since almost the invention of the automobile, or at least it seems that way, in truth, it’s been part of VW’s line up since 1977; nearly forty years in total.
The 2018 model will be the 8th generation of this super popular model and VW have just announced their line up, at least for Europe. While it looks like we’ll be getting most of the current crop, we do know that America (perhaps the rest of the world) won’t be getting the 2.0 liter TDi diesel – it seems that VW are still licking their wounds with that one.
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Release date
Volkswagen haven’t actually said when we can expect to see the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTi, but our guess would be an early 2017 debut with full production and sales happening around September 2017.
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI release date: early 2017
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Price
Again, this where there is an element of speculation, but our guess would be a minimum of $28,000 – $30,000 for the base GTi, with plenty of options available on top of that.
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Redesign and Changes
On the outside, it looks as though little will change, although those of you with a keen eye (or VW fans) will notice some subtle differences; wider and lower air intake in the bumper, LED lighting all round, C shaped daytime running lights and an aggressive styled front bumper.
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Video
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Specs
Under the hood, the new Golf GTi will have an updated 2.0 liter TSI motor, with an increase in horsepower from 210 BHP to 227 BHP with a further increase up to 245 BHP with the performance package. There will be of course even more powerful Golf’s, but if you want more that the near 250 BHP of the GTi, you’ll need to swap up to the R.
Transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch auto, and due to that and the 130 odd lb weight decrease, economy should be decent.
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Interior
Inside, we’ll see a raft of updates, including the new fully digital ‘Active Info Display’ instrument display panel and a large (9.2”) center stack screen, which for those of you with an eye for detail, is the same system as fitted in the current Audi A4.
Flag ship model will have an option for gesture control with the Discover Pro system, this will also include 3D navigation and all the usual tech; USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an array of safety technology, all fitted as standard.