It’s finally time for the mid-cycle face-lift of the current Golf MK7 generation and you wont believe how good the 2017 new Golf GTI MK7.5 Facelift is. With so much technology features and a stylish reworking of the front and rear fascia, you’re going to be asking for a trade-in in no time.
With competition soaring at an all time high, Volkswagen decided it was the right time to give their infamous hatchback a face-lift and name it the MK7.5 instead of the MK8.
The changes are mostly centered around the technological and autonomous aspects rather than the chassis and the engine compartment. New for 2017 is the introduction of Audi’s and the VW Passat’s ‘Active Info Display’ digital instrument panel that gets rid of the analog tachometer we are accustomed to.
The new GTI will also introduce a completely new infotainment system that ranges from 6.5 inches to 9.2 inches in diameter with resolutions ranging from 800×480 to 1280×640 pixels.
Then there are the new on-board tech features which add assistance systems to help the driver; including the new Pedestrian Monitoring for Front Assist with City Emergency Braking, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign recognition, Emergency Assist, Blind Spot monitor, Park Assist, semi-autonomous Traffic Jam Assist, Driver Alert System and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
Then there is the semi-autonomous features and ‘Discover Pro’ voice commands in addition to gesture control. All of which allow the driver to individually customize their home-screen to their liking! You can also get updates online without having to visit the dealer.
The new Golf GTI also includes upgrades in connectivity like wireless charging for compatible phones which also allows the car to obtain wireless connection to the phone in order for the passengers and the driver to control the infotainment system through their phones or tablets. Apple Carplay and Android Auto are standard on the new Golf GTI as well.
We also get to enjoy a slight power pump in the new GTI thanks to a revised 2.0-TSI engine which sees the regular Golf GTI MK7.5 produce 227-bhp and the Performance Edition with 241-HP (250PS).
Most importantly is the replacement of the six-speed DSG gearbox with a better more efficient seven-speed DSG across the entire range.
The mid-life face-lift brings completely new LED headlights upfront, LED tail-lights as standard on all golfs and animated flowing indicators on range topping models like the ones found in Audi’s current line-up. The bumpers were also revised with sharper styling and better aerodynamics.
The interior of the GTI is revised with new seat-cover patterns and new premium materials on the dashboard, door panels and center console.
The lineup included the Golf GTI, the GT, GTE and estate version with an R-Line model and a performance R model later down the road. Expect to see the newer MK7.5 models priced around the same current GTI models but with all the extra goodies.