For those of you who have been eagerly waiting for the Volkswagen Golf MK7 facelift, sources in Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) hinted to AutoBuzz.my that it will come as soon as Q3 of 2017. And yes, this includes the GTI and the R.
The Golf MK7 facelift gets a number of aesthetic revisions as well as an updated interior that adds goodies such as Active Info Display (found on the Passat B8 and Tiguan). Internationally, the base Golf gets a new EA211 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine that produces 148 hp and 250 Nm. Thanks to Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology that shuts down the middle two cylinders during light throttle load. The Golf in this guise is capable of 4.9 litres per 100 km.
The GTI soliders on with the 2.0-litre TSI but the engine has been massaged to churn out 9 hp more to 227 hp. Opt for the Performance Pack and the engine will push out another 14 hp to 241 hp. A new seven-speed DSG that is more efficient will be replacing the current six-speed unit.
As for the R, the EA888 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot now makes 10 hp and 27 Nm more than before, bringing the total output to a whopping 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque. This enables the R to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, a cool 0.3 seconds faster than the old unit. Like the GTI, transmission of choice is a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG.
When asked whether the Golf has a chance of being a locally assembled model, our source explained that it is a hard business case to make as the Golf does not command the volume as their sedan and SUV range, therefore the company will be focusing on their core models for the time being. Regardless, we can’t wait to get our hands on the updated Golf. Prepare your cheque books, people!