We now have preliminary details of the new Volkswagen Golf Mk7.5 range, after it was first teased on Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia’s (VPCM) official website. At launch, three models will be offered to customers, including the Golf R-Line, Golf GTI and Golf R.

On the Golf R-Line, a 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine will provide 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque, with drive going to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.

As befitting the model name, the Golf R-Line comes with the range-topping R’s sporty styling. This includes a full bodykit – new front and rear bumpers, honeycomb mesh lower intake and high-gloss black air intake screens.

It isn’t confirmed if the R-Line package will see changes to the interior as well. In other markets, the R-Line interior package consists of sport seats, sport steering wheel with contrast stitching, Dark Diamond Flag inlays and black rooflining.

Standard equipment on the Golf R-Line are adaptive LED headlights (replacing the previous bi-xenon units), LED DRLs, Air Care dual-zone Climatronic system, 12.3-inch Active Info Display, App Connect (smartphone connectivity) and Driver Profile Selection.

Moving to the high-performance Golf models, the Golf GTI will come with a more powerful 2.0 litre TSI unit that serves up 230 PS and 350 Nm. That is 10 PS more than the current GTI on sale, and all of it is directed frontwards through a six-speed DSG.

Like the Golf R-Line, the GTI model will come with a 12.3-inch Active Info Display and App Connect, but there’s also an eight-inch Discover Media infotainment system. Other items include an Adaptive Chassis Control system, chrome exhaust tips and Vienna leather interior upholstery.

As for the range-topping Golf R, it gets a 2.0 litre TSI engine that serves up 290 PS instead of 310 PS. This follows the same path set by the current Golf R on sale, where the engine is detuned for our market. With a seven-speed DSG, the Golf R will sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds.

On the equipment front, there’s a more advanced Discover Pro infotainment system (with gesture control function) to go along with a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen. Other bits of kit noted in our previous report include 19-inch wheels, paddle shifters, chrome exhaust tips, Park Distance Control, Vienna leather upholstery, Driver Profile Selection and adaptive LED headlights.

All Golf models will feature seven airbags and the Proactive Occupant Protection System, the latter first making its debut in the latest Polo. The system uses sensors to situations in which an accident is likely to occur and prepares the vehicle and its occupants for an impending collision – e.g. automatically tensioning the safety belts as well as closing the side windows and sliding sunroof.

Keep in mind that these details (and photos) may not be fully representative of local models that will go on sale here, and we’ll have to wait for an official launch to verify them. In the meantime, what do you think of the new Golf Mk7.5 range?

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