Exterior styling revisions continue with a slightly lower profile than the previous generation and with newly designed integrated roof rails. At the rear, the new Golf Plus has a fully colour-coded redesigned bumper and revised 'cherry red' rear lights incorporating LED technology. The exterior styling modifications are complemented by a range of new wheel and tyre options, including 18-inch 'Bilbao' alloy wheels from Volkswagen Individual.
Inside the cabin, upholstery materials and details are carried over from the Golf 6, while white backlit instruments, with brushed chrome surrounds, steering wheel options and air conditioning systems are similar to those in Passat CC.
One petrol option will be a 1.4-litre 122 PS TSI engine which is forecast to return 44.8 mpg with carbon dioxide emissions of 146 g/km and a top speed of 124 mph. Common rail TDI engines, all fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) will be available with outputs between 90 PS and 140 PS. The 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS has a top speed of 127 mph, and is expected to emit 135 g/km while returning 55.4 mpg. Both petrol and diesel models are linked to either a five- or six-speed manual or a six- or seven-speed DSG gearbox.
For the first time on the Golf Plus, Volkswagen's ParkAssist will be offered. This system has the ability to operate the steering automatically during reverse parallel parking manoeuvres. A rear-view camera, mounted behind the Volkswagen roundel on the bootlid, is also available as an option. The system, currently available on the new Golf, Tiguan and Passat CC, transmits an image and graphic guidelines to the dash-mounted radio or navigation screen to assist with parking.
Prices, engines and specifications for the new Golf Plus will be announced closer to the vehicle's UK launch in Spring 2009.VW introduces Golf Plus BlueMotion
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