Volkswagen debuts their last Golf 8.5 before the call to EVs 

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Volkswagen debuts their last Golf 8.5 before the call to EVs 

Volkswagen has introduced the upgraded Golf "8.5", showcasing a blend of modernised design, advanced cabin technology, and an augmented GTI variant. While the full range for South Africa is pending confirmation, the market is anticipated to predominantly see the Golf GTI and the yet-to-be-unveiled Golf R facelift.

Globally, Volkswagen maintains a comprehensive Golf line-up, including turbocharged TSI and TDI engines, eTSI mild hybrids, and two plug-in hybrids, with the high-performance GTE capable of an impressive 100km solely on electric power. The spotlight, however, is on the GTI. The 2024 model is set to receive a power upgrade in its EA 888 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine, pushing the output to 195kW, a significant increase from its predecessor.

The aesthetic refresh spans all Golf models, introducing new LED lighting, a revamped front bumper, and a premium 'performance' headlight option that enhances the grille strip and VW badge. Distinct design elements set apart the GTI and GTE, including unique bumpers, honeycomb trim, and exclusive 'telephone dial' alloy wheels.

Inside, the Golf 8.5 boasts a wholly overhauled infotainment system with user-friendly software, clear graphics, and a new menu architecture. Available in two sizes, the system's centrepiece is a visually standalone screen, with the larger 12.9-inch version being a standard feature in the GTI. Redesigned touch sliders for climate and volume control and a dedicated climate system section on the screen aim to improve usability.

In terms of convenience, the new Golf introduces the Park Assist Pro system, enabling remote parking via a smartphone app and a 360-degree Area View system for comprehensive visibility of surroundings. The GTI's interior is marked by a sporty aesthetic, featuring a multi-function sports steering wheel, distinctive red stitching, and premium sports seats, with the option to incorporate genuine carbon fibre trim details for the first time.

More detailed local information on the new Volkswagen Golf 8.5 GTI will be shared as it becomes available, promising an elevated driving experience for enthusiasts.

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