VW gave a first taste of the updated version of the VW Golf from the CES technology show in Las Vegas, presenting a camouflaged version of the GTI version and announcing, at the same time, that starting from the updated Golf all its new and updated models (ID. 3, ID.4, ID.5, ID.7 and Tiguan) will include the popular AI chatbot in their infotainment, which will work in addition to VW’s digital assistant, IDA.
Apart from the above, what has also been made clear in relation to the refreshed Golf and the last of its generation to be available with internal combustion engines – the 9th generation will be purely electric – is that at least the GTI version will not be available with manual transmission. Also, as VW has already announced at an “unsuspected” time, i.e. last August when it presented the GTI 380 version, neither the R versions will offer this option.
The reason for this change, as stated from the “floor” of Las Vegas, VW’s head of research and development, Kai Grunitz, is the Euro7 specifications. Although according to the recent related decisions, the implementation of this stricter standard will be delayed until 2030 – instead of the implementation in 2025 according to the original forecast -, the evolution of the renewed Golf had preceded the related decision, leading to its “sacrifice” mechanical box.
“When we started development the landscape and understanding in relation to Euro7 specifications was not clear. However, we had to start the development process at some point, otherwise we would be out of schedule”, he pointed out.
What remains to be seen is whether the decision in relation to the manual transmission, apart from the GTI and R, will also affect the rest of the more “humble” versions of the renewed Golf. What is certain is that we will find out soon as the renewed Golf is expected to make its premiere within the first quarter of 2024.