New 2017 VW Golf facelift due tomorrow

Volkswagen confirms “major update” for MK7 Golf will debut tomorrow; significant tech upgrades expected.

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Volkswagen’s facelifted Golf hatchback for the 2017 model year is just around the corner. Keep this page bookmarked for all the info when it’s revealed, plus access to the livestream from the event.

The bestselling hatch is set to receive a “major update”, which should include a raft of tech updates to keep it fresh against rivals.

Previewed in our exclusive image, the fresh Golf will be marked out by new LED headlamps and reshaped front and rear ends. These changes will be applied across the entire range, meaning updated versions of the GTI, GTE, GTD and R models are all on the way.

VW’s head of powertrain development, Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neußer, previously confirmed to Auto Express that the facelifted Volkswagen Golf will feature gesture control technology. This is a first for the family hatchback segment and part of a growing trend for advanced connectivity and control technology making its way into more affordable cars.

Neußer confirmed the news at CES in Shanghai, where the German manufacturer also rolled out its VW Golf R Touch concept. The gesture control technology that will be used on the facelifted Golf will be borrowed from the concept.

“The interior features a preview of future VW interior technologies, with smartphone applications redefined for automotive use,” Neußer told Auto Express. “The gesture control will become reality in the Golf at the end of next year.”

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The new infotainment and gesture control system which will make its way into the Golf is likely to be made up of three digital displays and 5 in-car sensors. A larger 9.5-inch hi-res colour display will replace the conventional screen housed in the dash of the current Golf. A smaller 8-inch screen will replace the traditional instrument cluster, with gesture control being used to operate the volume settings, temperature controls and sunroof operation instead of traditional controls.

The cabin will become largely “button-less”, with the functions not able to be operated via gesture control being accessed on the new digital displays which will feature haptic feedback.

The current range of engines should be carried over unchanged, so the same diesel, petrol, plug-in hybrid and electric versions of the Golf will continue to be offered.

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