Updated Volkswagen Golf coming next month

Most of the updates will focus on tech.

Volkswagen will introduce an updated version of the Golf in just a few short weeks, according to a recent report.

As expected, the bulk of the visual changes will be evolutionary at best. The hatchback is expected to receive redesigned lights and new-look bumpers on both ends, as well as additional alloy wheel designs and a handful of new paint colors. In short, it will still look like a Golf.

Bigger updates are in store for the cabin, according to Autocar, including a brand new infotainment system that will incorporate a 9.5-inch screen and the gesture control technology previewed last year by the Golf R Touch concept. BMW's 7 Series is already available with gesture control technology, but Volkswagen will be the first volume brand to offer it.

The list of options will grow to include a 12.5-inch digital and configurable instrument cluster named Virtual Cockpit. Virtual Cockpit was inaugurated two yeas ago by the third-generation Audi TT.

We expect Volkswagen has mechanical changes in store for the Golf, but we'll have to be patient to find out what they are. Finally, an e-Golf with a longer driving range could appear at the same time as the updated gasoline-burning model.

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf is scheduled to make its official debut online in early November, and we'll see it in the metal for the first time during this year's edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show. Deliveries will begin next spring.

Note: Volkswagen Golf R pictured. Photos by Ronan Glon.

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