Some people had been hoping to see the Golf facelift on display in Paris, but VW says it was not the right venue to show the car.
The Golf is undoubtedly the most important product in VW’s huge model range, but nowadays in Paris it’s all about electrification. Taking center stage is the I.D. concept, which is set to evolve into a production model in 2020 with a range varying between 249 miles (401 km) and 373 miles (600 km), depending on battery pack.
The concept shares the spotlight in France’s capital with the e-Golf Touch, originally introduced back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The main difference between the two cars is that the new one is being advertised as having the upgraded battery pack granting a range of up to 186 miles (300 km) based on the New European Driving Cycle. That’s a significant improvement compared to the e-Golf on sale today that will only do 118 miles (190 km) as per NEDC. The boost in range is granted by the jump in battery capacity from the current 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh, as revealed by Dr. Volkmar Tanneberger, Head of Electric Vehicle Development, some months ago in a press meeting for the Formula E race in Berlin.
There’s no sign of the facelifted Golf in Paris, and according to the company’s board member responsible for sales and marketing, Juergen Stackman, the car “was never meant to be shown here in Paris.” While he did not say exactly when the revised Golf will be unveiled, chances are the premiere will occur in November. We are making this assumption based on the fact that VW has announced (see press release below) the updated e-Golf will be revealed in full next month, so it would make sense for the combustion engine-powered versions of the range to be showcased as well.
Much like the aforementioned e-Golf Touch, the refreshed compact hatchback and wagon will gain the Active Info Display from the VW Passat. It’s a 12.3-inch entirely digital instrument cluster that’ll be offered as optional equipment and will replace the analog dials for a more high-tech look. Also previewed by the e-Golf Touch is a larger 9.2-inch infotainment system with support for gesture control. This one too will be offered as optional kit across the Golf range.
As far as the other changes are concerned, several leaks (pictured above) have already revealed the styling tweaks will be kept down to a minimum, both inside and out. That's why we are not holding our breath for any major surprises. The plug-in hybrid GTE version available today exclusively as a hatchback might be joined by the more practical wagon body style, but we’ll have to wait for a confirmation from VW.
Source: VW via Drive.com.au