With Christmas and the New Year just around the corner – it’s the perfect time to see what exciting new updates Volkswagen has in store for 2015.
2014 has been a great year for Volkswagen – sales have continued to rise and demand for Volkswagen’s commercial vehicles has never been higher.
Next year is shaping up to be another exciting one for Volkswagen with the Golf R Variant set to be released in early 2015 along with the super frugal Passat GTE.
Take a look below as we profile some of the highlights to come in 2015 from this most famous of German car makers.
Golf R Variant
Volkswagen first unveiled the Golf R Variant at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month – featuring the same drivetrain as the standard Golf R, it is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces 296bhp and 379Nm of torque.
All this power is linked up to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox and a performance-tuned version of VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
0-62mph is achieved in just 5.1 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mpg – 34mpg can also be achieved on a combined cycle.
Stronger brakes on all four wheels have been included to cope with the increased power as do power steering and a suspension set-up that has been lowered by 0.8 inches.
Customers who plump for the optional Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive damping system can chose from five different driving profiles including a “race” mode.
The Golf R Variant sports a striking front fascia that is dominated by large air dams in the bumper and an R-specific radiator grille with a thin strip of chrome trim.
A particularly intriguing aspect of the Golf R Variant is its ability to fit five adults on board and offer a boot with 21.4 cubic feet of space whilst still offering outstanding performance.
18-inch alloy wheels are included as standard as is an air diffuser that incorporates four oval exhaust pipes hinted at the power contained under the bonnet.
Prices are yet to be announced but Volkswagen has confirmed deliveries will begin in early 2015.
Volkswagen has announced details of its new Golf Alltrack ahead of its official unveil at the 2014 Paris Motor Show this week.
The latest model to join the Volkswagen Golf family, the Golf Alltrack will sit just beneath the Passat Alltrack in VW’s range and combines an all-wheel-drive system, higher suspension and frugal economy into a flexible family estate.
Four engine options will be available from launch, consisting of three diesel models and a single petrol variant.
The sole petrol option is a 1.8-litre TSI developing 177bhp and manages a 0-62mph time of 7.8 seconds with a top speed of 135mph.
Economy is also impressive with the 1.8 returning a frugal 41.5mpg whilst emitting just 158g/km of CO2.
On the diesel front, the range includes a 1.6-litre TDI that generates 108bhp and can do the benchmark sprint in 12.1 seconds, before going on to a 116mph top speed. Economy figures clock in at 60mpg and 124 g/km of CO2.
There’s also a 2.0-litre TDI with two separate power output variants; the first gives out 148bhp and a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds.
The second variant increases the power to 181bhp, delivering a 0-62mph time of just 7.8 with a top speed of 136mph, making this the most powerful Golf Estate ever.
Exterior styling is very similar to the original Golf Estate, however an extra 20 mm of ground clearance will certainly give the Alltrack greater presence on the road.
A unique front end features a low-profile radiator grille cross in the upper front area, plus a matte aluminium effect that carries on into the headlights.
Inside the Golf Alltrack features a very sporty cabin, reflecting the off-road capabilities and sensibilities of the Alltrack.
In-car technology includes a “Composition Touch” infotainment display, Driver Alert System and cruise control.
The new Golf Alltrack is expected to be on sale in the UK by summer 2015.
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