VW Golf 7 facelift to break cover at Geneva

Image credit: Car Magazine - Sudhir Matai
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Image credit: Car Magazine - Sudhir Matai

There has been word on the automotive streets that Volkswagen is putting the final touches on the Mk7 Golf facelift for the Geneva Motor Show that is to take place in March this year. Among the other cars that Volkswagen will be presenting are the series Golf 7 and the more exciting 420 horsepower all-wheel-drive Golf R420!

Yes, the Golf 7 is only a few years old and is regarded as still new, but the ever shortening life cycles suggest that it is time for a mid-life remake of the beloved, C-segment leading hatch. And anyway, wouldn’t it be injustice of us to say that it’s too early for the Mk7 to get a facelift when Mercedes Benz are also debuting a facelifted version of the A-class?

Regarding differences between the base Mk7 and the facelift, Volkswagen seems to be playing rather safe by not wanting to mess too much with the winning formula, especially considering the fact that the current Golf is experiencing quite strong sales.

According to Car Magazine, international reports suggest that the front end will be slightly different and that LED headlights will be standard in all trims. More attention is paid to the cabin, the Mk7 facelift is fitted with an interface that will probably feature some of the functionality of the new e-Touch screen that was debuted in the e-Touch Golf at the CES show in Las Vegas, it boasts a large-format, all-touch gesture control infotainment system with digital instrumentation that is similar to the one in the new Audi TT, Car Magazine reports.

Image credit: Car Magazine - Sudhir Matai

And lastly, the more exciting news for the more power and performance oriented individuals is that the VW Golf R420 is also ready to make its production debut! The Golf R420 is obviously a step up from the already potent Golf R400. It still uses the same all-wheel-drive system in the R400 but delivers a little bit more power to its four wheels, the Golf R420 produces about 313kW which is 55kW more than the recently introduced Ford Focus RS and as expected, it will have no problem putting the power down with its all-wheel-drive chassis, it is said to hit 100km/h from standstill in around 4 seconds with a top speed of 280km/h which makes it a threat to even the highly respected Mercedes Benz A45 AMG, the new Audi RS3 and BMW M2.

Image credit: Car Magazine - Sudhir Matai

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