Volkswagen has unveiled a facelifted version of the Golf Plus at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy.
The redesign brings the Golf Plus into direct visual connection with the latest, sixth generation . To this end, it features heavily a modified nose, with more sharply-angled lights, grill, and bumper.
The rear gets some less dramatic revisions, and the roof bars are now more seemlessly integrated. Apparently.
Mechanically, the only big changes are the introduction of VW’s latest common rail turbodiesel technology for improved efficiency, and the discontinuation of a traditional automatic gearbox.
In its place will be a choice of six- or seven-speed dual clutch ‘DSG’ transmissions. These also help boost efficiency. Manual gearboxes remain standard, as before.
On the inside, the Golf Plus gets some new upholstery, the latest VW instrument design – white illumination instead of blue, as with the , and – and the option of Adaptive Cruise Control for the first time.
VW Park Assist
Volkswagen Park Assist – which steers the car into parking spaces for you – also becomes available, along with a reversing camera.
No word on pricing for the UK yet, but the new Golf Plus launches across Europe in March 2009. Read the for more on the .
Scirocco Studie R
Volkswagen also treated Bologna to a concept: the Studie R. Influenced by the Scirocco GT24 racing cars, this features more aggressive bodywork, racing suspension, racing brakes, and a sporty interior detailed in titanium and carbon fibre. The engine is said to produce 266bhp, and drives bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels via a six-speed DSG transmission.
Such an extreme VW is unlikely to make production – especially in the current economic climate. But the ‘R’ nametag suggests a sportier could appear in the future, perhaps along the lines of the Golf R32 and the Passat R36.
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