According to a report from the UK-based magazine Autocar, the refreshed Volkswagen Golf will get the slick virtual cockpit instrument cluster from Audi – at least in Europe. It makes sense for Audi’s tech to trickle down into VW’s highest volume selling car, considering that the Passat sedan already gets the optional 12.5-inch virtual cockpit screen in the European market.
The digital dash isn’t the only new consumer tech headed to the Euro-spec VW – it’ll also have some new semi-autonomous driver features. Traffic jam assist, as VW calls it, might seem familiar to Volkswagen group faithful – it, too, is borrowed from Audi. The system allows for semi-autonomous driving up to 23 mph, which makes living in congested cities slightly more tolerable.
Autocar is also reporting that the Euro-spec Golf R will get a significant bump in performance. Essentially using what they learned with the thought-to-be-dead Golf R400 concept, the folks at VW will allegedly wring over 400 hp out of the Golf R’s 2.0-liter turbocharged I4. While we’re skeptical of this coming stateside, it’s interesting to see VW fighting for the hottest hatch in the land.
For virtual cockpit and added autonomous tech to hit the US market, we might have to wait until the next generation of Golf is released.