2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI U.S.-spec

USA: 2016 VW Golf GTI announced with minor updates

August 10, 2015

Volkswagen has announced the 2016 Golf GTI for the U.S. market. The updated model will feature new infotainment system and driver assistance systems. The updated performance hatchback will start arriving in dealerships this month.

The 2016 Golf GTI will feature the new MIB II infotainment system that is being rolled out across the range by the manufacturer. The new Car-Net connected vehicle services platform that features App-Connect with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink lets the consumers pair their smartphones into the infotainment system, seamlessly integrating the features offered by the smartphone into the car. Functions like streaming music wirelessly, voice integration and sending messages are integrated helping the driver focus on the road ahead.

A 6.5 inch touchscreen with the capability of displaying live-feed from the reverse camera will be incorporated to the infotainment system. Safety systems like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and emergency braking (Front Assist) will be offered on the higher trims.

Driving assistance systems like the Lane Assist, Blind Spot Monitor along with Park Pilot and Park Assist will be offered in the SE and Autobahn trims. Apart from addition of these features, the company has also approved the use of regular gasoline as opposed to premium fuel, saving costs on fuel for the owners.

The engine options will be carried over from the previous MY2015 and will include 210-hp 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged petrol and 220-hp 2.0 liter turbocharged TSI petrol. Similarly, the transmission options will be 6-speed manual and 6-speed DSG automatic with Tiptronic and Sport mode.

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