Updated Golf PHEV has 100 km range and fast-charging

The iconic Golf is celebrating its 50th birthday this year, and Volkswagen is launching an enhanced version of its bestseller to mark the anniversary. To date, more than 37 million Golfs have been sold across eight generations.

The updated Golf has a next-generation infotainment system, a more intuitive operating concept, a sharper front and rear end design as well as more efficient drive systems. These include plug-in hybrid drives with an increased all-electric range of about 100 kilometers and the possibility of fast charging.

Thomas Schäfer, CEO of Volkswagen Passenger Cars: “The Golf has been at the heart of the Volkswagen brand for half a century now, offering affordable mobility for all at the highest technical level.”

“This is precisely what we are now building on with the new evolutionary stage, with even higher efficiency, comfort, quality, and a new operating concept. The Golf does not get any better than this,” he added.

Revamped, new infotainment

The new Golf and new Golf Variant can be recognized by their new front end. Visually defining features include the Volkswagen logo, which is illuminated for the first time on the Golf, and the newly designed LED headlights.

The top-of-the-range IQ.Light LED matrix headlights incorporate a new high-performance main beam with a range of up to 500 m. The IQ.Light 3D LED tail light clusters in both body versions have also received a new design.

Inside, the model series features a newly developed, intuitive infotainment system with a free-standing touchscreen (screen diagonal up to 32,8 cm). This has ergonomically optimized and illuminated touch sliders for temperature and volume control at its base.

Also new are the enhanced multi-function steering wheel and new IDA voice assistant. Using natural language, the IDA can be used not only to control functions such as the air conditioning, telephone, or navigation system but also to access online information from all conceivable areas – from weather forecasts to general knowledge questions.

In the future, the Golf will have the latest infotainment system generation on board. This integrates the artificial intelligence-based chatbot ChatGPT into the IDA voice assistant. Showcased at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas at the beginning of January, the feature can seamlessly access the ever-growing artificial intelligence database. Occupants can interact with the car using natural language and have researched content read aloud to them while traveling.

New powertrain range

The new plug-in hybrid drives in the Golf offer increased power (150 kW/204 hp or 200 km/272 hp) and an electric range of about 100 km due to an enlarged battery capacity (19,7 instead of 10,6 kWh net).

They now have a DC fast-charging function of up to 50 kW, and AC charging happens at 11 kW. The car’s total range is 1 000 km before one has to refuel.

Normal charging for the PHEV versions can now occur at 11 kW, fast charging is available up to 50 kW /Volkswagen

The 48 V mild hybrid drives are appealing for drivers who have no charging wall box at home. In the launch phase, nine different options, mild hybrid (eTSI), plug-in hybrid (eHybrid and GTE), turbocharged petrol (TSI), and turbocharged diesel (TDI), will be available for the product line.

The Golf GTI has become even sportier with added power compared to its predecessor. Further Golf derivatives will be introduced successively throughout 2024.

Easier maneuvering

For the first time, in addition to the normal park assist system, Park Assist Pro will be available for the Golf. This system enables drivers to guide the vehicle in and out of parking spaces with their smartphone.

Another new feature is the Area View system – here, a 360-degree all-round view is created by merging four cameras, and the corresponding image is transferred to the infotainment system touchscreen. This makes it easy to see kerbs and parking space markings.

In 50 years, 8 generations of Golf have been produced 37 million times /Volkswagen

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