Volkswagen has made a number of changes to welcome new 2021 model year cars, including an upgrade to an MIB3 infotainment system for a number of models.
Across the Volkswagen range, the MIB3 infotainment system has been introduced to all compatible models, which brings the benefit of wireless Apple CarPlay – alongside streaming and internet – thanks to an integrated eSIM.
The T-Cross, Volkswagen’s smallest SUV, will benefit from the new roundel and the addition of MIB3, which brings wireless Apple CarPlay and a three-year subscription to We Connect Plus.
Also in the SUV family, the T-Roc has gained the new roundel and Emergency Call Service as standard-fit equipment across the whole range, with S, SE and Design cars now benefitting from the system. On all models except the T-Roc R, the 12V outlet in the centre console is replaced with a USB-C interface and USB charging socket, while the two USB-B ports in the front center console are replaced with new USB-C sockets.
For all new Polo models, Emergency Call Service has now been added, bringing extra reassurance in the event of an incident. The new Polo’s ‘Beats’ trim, named after the audio manufacturer’s soundsystem used in the model, has been given an interior refresh and Volkswagen says it will reveal this at a later date.
A powerful Dynaudio soundsystem can also now be chosen as an option for the seven-seat Touran MPV, while Volkswagen’s acclaimed Active Info Display can now be fitted in place of the traditional analog instrument binnacle. This, along with the MIB3 infotainment system, significantly enhances the Touran’s dashboard. The larger of VW’s MPVs, the Sharan, receives new switchgear in the interior.
For the brand’s flagship, the Touareg, a more extensive list of upgrades has been put into place for the 2021 model year, starting with the addition of white ambient lighting to the entry-level SE specification. For SE, SEL and SEL Tech, a three-spoke, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters and touch control is also new, while the R-Line, R-Line Tech and Black Edition gain a new second-generation heated sports steering wheel. The Touareg’s USB-A port has also been upgraded to an illuminated USB-C inlet.
The Touareg also now comes with Volkswagen’s Travel Assist system, which facilitates semi-automated driving up to 130mph (where legal). This system replaces Traffic Jam Assist as part of the Driver’s Assistance Pack Plus. Another driver assistance boon comes with the Professional Park Assist package, which allows remote control of the Touareg using a smartphone app as a controller.
Cars fitted with climate control will benefit from the standard fitment of an allergen filter.