VW Golf GTI moves into the digital age

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Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf GTI along with the GTD and GTE models, bringing the icon into the digital age.

The eighth generation features the Innovision Cockpit, which extends upward upon opening the doors.

It is a mix of the 10.25in digital cockpit and the 10in navigation system. Blending the two screens creates a new and consistent digital architecture, according to Volkswagen.

The standard background lighting embeds the displays and all other illuminated interior areas in a spectrum of 30 configurable colors.

In keeping with tradition, the Golf GTI retains a sports steering wheel featuring three silver double spokes and recessed Wolfsburg emblem, the golf ball shaped gearshift, and tartan sports seats.

The steering wheel is multifunctional and leather, with touch controls and an optionally integrated Travel Assist button to help the car reach a speed of 130mph (210km/h) while it is engaged.

All Golfs are fitted with assists including Lane Assist, Front Assist Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, XDS electronic differential lock, and Car2X communication with vehicles and traffic infrastructure.

Standard digital instruments and an infotainment system to suit We Connect and We Connect Plus online services have been integrated.

A multifunction steering wheel, single-zone automatic climate control, Press & Drive comfort start system, Bluetooth, LED reading lights and two USB-C ports also come as standard.

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