Following the opening of the registry book for the all-new eight-generation Volkswagen Golf in Malaysia, more details regarding the hatchback have been revealed on social media via short teaser clips.
No additional variants have been added if that is in anyone’s mind following the announcement of the government’s proposed tax-free incentive on electric cars, with the short reels just showing key features of the new Golf hatchbacks.
One key feature Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is keen to highlight is the fitment of the advanced IQ Light or LED Matrix lighting system. Up in front, the headlamps fitted with 22 individual LEDs have advanced high-beam control with Dynamic Light Assist, DRLs and poor weather lighting with cornering function.
The taillamps also feature LED technology and both front and rear turn signals have dynamic illumination for the added premium look. The wheels on the Volkswagen Golf R-Line are 17-inch ‘Valencia’ units finished in grey metallic.
As for the Volkswagen Golf GTI, all that 245 hp and 370 Nm of torque from the turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI engine is transferred to the road via 18-inch wheels in Richmond design and wrapped with 225/40R18 Bridgestone Potenza S005 tyres.
0 to 100 km/h is dispatched in just 6.4 seconds with the rapid-shifting seven-speed DSG transmission in the Golf GTI. Volkswagen says this latest GTI is also the most digital variant of all time, with the fully computer-controlled chassis handled by the new Vehicle Dynamics Manager. It integrates the ESC, with the new electronic differential locks (brake system-based XDS and mechanical-based VAQ) and the continuously adaptive electronic damping control system (DCC).
The unique five-LED foglight in honeycomb design is exclusive to just the Golf GTI, together with red highlights in the LED headlamps with IQ Light function.
As for the Golf R-Line, the engine is a new 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit with a mild-hybrid assist system (eTSI) to return self-charging hybrid-like fuel consumption of just 4.8 litres per 100 km travelled. Power outputs are 150 hp and 250 Nm, and the benchmark sprint time of 0 to 100 km/h is 8.5 seconds.
No pricing has been mentioned in these short clips or in the registry of interest pages, but expect to not differ too far away from the previous generation’s Mk 7.5 pricing (inclusive of sales tax exemption) of RM168,505 for the Golf R-Line and RM238,860 for the Golf GTI.
Volkswagen Golf R-Line
Volkswagen Golf GTI