VW Golf R400 3

The Volkswagen Golf facelift will be unveiled this March at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, according to an Auto Bild report. A range-topping Golf R420 model will follow shortly after too, the report claims.

Changes that can be found on the Golf include an exterior that sports a sharper look and full LED headlamps, which at the moment can only be found in the e-Golf. As for the interior, new materials and colours will be applied so as to keep the newer Mk7 up-to-date.

Perhaps the biggest update, according to the report, will be the on-board electronics that can be found in the updated Mk7 Golf. A new digital instrument cluster – borrowed from the Passat B8 – and a head-up display will feature. It will however be offered as an optional item, it is said.

On top of that, it’s set to get Volkswagen’s latest MIB infotainment system with a 9.2-inch touchscreen and voice control. Said system was previewed in the e-Golf Touch at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier in the month.

Following this, a production version of the Golf R400 concept will be unveiled, but it’s likely to be renamed the R420. It’s uncertain as to which engine will power the model, but reports indicate that it could either be a turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder mill from the Golf R or a 2.5 litre five-cylinder unit from the Audi RS3. It is said that the model in question is expected to go up against the Mercedes-AMG A 45.

Subsequently, the report states that the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid will be enhanced as well. Similar to the Passat GTE, it will have 215 hp and 400 Nm of torque compared to 204 hp and 350 Nm currently. As for fuel consumption, the updated Golf GTE will do 1.5 litres per 100 km.

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