Well, what do we have here? It appears that Volkswagen Malaysia is set to introduce the updated Golf lineup, including the Golf TSI, Golf GTI, and Golf R as they have opened the registration of interest for the new lineup.
Differentiating the new Golf from the model it replaces are its new front and rear bumpers, new LED headlights plus new tri-bar LED tail lights.
From the teaser image, the Golf TSI is shown with the 1.4 TSI wording, indicating that our new Golf TSI will soldier on with the same updated 1.4-litre TSI unit from before. There's also a new 1.5-litre TSI Evo engine, but that engine is exclusive only to Europe, not available even to markets like USA, Japan, and Australia.
As for the Golf GTI, the previous model's 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine is retained. In Europe, output levels have been raised to 245 PS, 25 PS more than before, paired to a new 7-speed DSG transmission. However specifications for the local model have yet to be confirmed.
The more powerful Golf R outputs 310 PS and 370 Nm from its 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine. The European market Golf R features a 7-speed DSG, though this may not represent Malaysia-bound units.
Inside, the new Golf Mk 7.5 can be had with the Active Info Display full digital meter cluster, much like the new Passat B8. The infotainment system is also new, updated to feature Volkswagen’s new Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) system. Customers can opt for several screen sizes, with the entry-level model featuring a 6.5-inch display. Larger 8.0-inch and 9.2-inch systems are optional.
Earlier, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) confirmed that the new Golf Mk 7.5 lineup will be launched here within the first half of the year. Seeing that the teaser is already up on VPCM’s site, we reckon the launch could happen within the next few months.