Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf, a mid-life facelift for the eighth-generation model, aptly named the 8.5. Celebrating the 50th year of the Golf, this version has improved interior ergonomics and introduces a completely redeveloped infotainment system, with a more than 60-mile electric range in plug-in hybrid form.
Key features include a next-generation infotainment system with a fast processor and an intelligent voice assistant named IDA, which leverages ChatGPT for interactive responses. The 2024 Golf incorporates ‘IQ Light LED matrix’ headlights with a high-performance main beam, offering a range of up to 500m. The interior features a new infotainment system, the MIB4, available in two sizes, with a freestanding touchscreen that enhances ergonomics.
The touch-sensitive sliders for adjusting cabin temperature and music volume remain in this version but are now illuminated. The infotainment system runs on a standard 10.4in display or an optional 12.9in screen, both designed to resemble a free-standing tablet. The steering wheel has conventional buttons, replacing the previous touch-sensitive ones, based on customer feedback.
New driving tech includes Park Assist Plus, a 360° aerial view and Park Assist Pro, enabling remote parking via a smartphone app. The Golf offers improvements in driver assistance features, making parking more convenient and efficient.
The GTE and GTI variants, distinguishable by blue and red details, respectively, feature GT-specific bodywork, wheels, honeycomb front grille and chequered seat fabric. Both variants include a larger touchscreen display, ambient lighting and three-zone climate control. The GTI offers optional interior carbon fiber details for the first time.
VW says it has plans to release a sportier Clubsport and Golf R variants in the second half of 2024.
Thomas Schäfer, CEO of VW, said, “The Golf has been at the heart of the Volkswagen brand for half a century now, offering affordable mobility for all at the highest technical level. This is precisely what we are now building on with the new evolutionary stage – with even higher efficiency, comfort and quality and a new operating concept.”