Efficient TSI I4s are available up and down the lineup. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 5, 2016 2017 VW Passat crossing a lone bridge in VT. The 2017 Golf Alltrack is the highlight of the changes made for the 2017 model year at VW. A derivative of the Golf SportWagen, it marries the vehicle’s practicality and fun-to-drive nature with the virtually go-anywhere capabilities of 4Motion AWD and rugged exterior styling. The Alltrack will offer an affordable alternative to existing AWD wagons. The Alltrack uses Volkswagen’s powerful and fuel-efficient turbocharged and direct-injected 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque 1.8L TSI I4 mated to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. A 6-speed MT will be available later in the model year. The 4Motion AWD system features a fast-acting Haldex center differential. That same drivetrain will be offered in the std. Golf SportWagen for 2017 as well. The Beetle range is revised for 2017, reviving the Classic and adding the Pink Beetle coupe and Convertible and Dune Convertible models. The Classic model is back by popular demand, featuring a cool retro look inside and out, as well as desirable connectivity features, such as VW Car-Net App-Connect, which allows for seamless integration with most current smartphone platforms, using Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink technology. As the name suggests, the Pink Beetle reflects the wishes of many customers to see a trendier color palette for the Beetle. The Fresh Fuchsia Metallic color is a vibrant and modern take on the color pink and is used both for the exterior paint and also for interior accents. The Beetle Dune Convertible will also go on sale as a 2017 model, joining the Dune coupe that went on sale earlier this year as a 2016 model. Like the coupe, the Convertible features more rugged exterior styling than the regular models, some interior enhancements, and a ride height that is raised by 0.4 inches. All Dune models are equipped with the 1.8L TSI engine mated to a 6-speed AT. Volkswagen is adding a Sport model to the GTI lineup. Based on the 4-door GTI, this model adds the Performance Package—10 additional hp, bigger brakes, and a torque-sensing limited-slip differential and new 18-inch alloys. Beetle Retro-look Classic model returns, offering connectivity features at a value price. Dune coupe, with raised ride height and off-road design elements, continues in MY17. Beetle coupe models receive more aggressive front and rear bumper styling for 2017, mirroring the look on sportiest R-Line 2.0T. The 2017 Pink Beetle will be offered in limited quantities across the United States. With a turbocharged and direct-injected 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque 1.8L TSI engine mated to a 6-speed AT. Offered in its own unique shade of Fresh Fuchsia Metallic paint, the limited-edition Beetle model’s eye-catching paint is contrasted by gloss-black mirror caps and black running boards. Pink Beetle coupes are fitted with 17 alloys, Bi-Xenon headlamps, LED DRL, LED taillamps and LED rear license plate lighting standard. Interior design features of the Pink Beetle include a black dashpad with surrounding pink accent and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters. The Pink club cloth seats are reminiscent of the signature plaid inserts of the GTI, replacing the classic design’s red striping with a perfectly-matched pink hue. Standard equipment includes Volkswagen’s MIB II infotainment system, which serves as the foundation for the VW Car-Net App-Connect suite of features. USB and Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices is standard, along with a rearview camera and a 3-month trial of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Other standard equipment includes heatable front seats and KESSY keyless access with push-button start. The Classic model adds a host of new features. The Classic trim features: 17” “Circle” alloys; a rear spoiler; a leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake lever; SiriusXM; the Discover Media infotainment system that incorporates a navigation system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and VW Car-Net App-Connect technology for compatible devices; a multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters; V-Tex leatherette and checked cloth seating surfaces; comfort front seats with driver’s side lumbar support; and a six-speed automatic transmission. The car is available in 6 colors—Pure White, Dark Bronze, Deep Black Pearl, Platinum Gray, Bottle Green, and Silk Blue—and has an understated retro look inside and out. All 1.8T Beetle coupe models receive a more aggressive front and rear bumper that mirror the look of the 2.0T R-Line trims. Also, this is the first full year for the Dune trim, which offers a rugged addition to the rest of the Beetle lineup, and draws its inspiration from classic Baja Bugs. Beetle Convertible All Beetle Convertibles get revised front and rear bumper styling, mirroring the R-Line. Like the Beetle coupe, the 2017 Beetle Convertible 1.8T gets a revised exterior, featuring more aggressive front and rear bumper designs. Three new models join the lineup: Pink Beetle Convertible, Classic Convertible, and Dune Convertible. The Pink Beetle Convertible will be a limited-edition model, using the 170 hp 1.8-liter TSI engine and a 6-speed AT. The Convertible mirrors the specifications of the coupe, except that it is fitted with 18-inch five-spoke Twister design aluminum-alloy wheels. The Beetle Classic Convertible also features the same, stylish design as the coupe, and its extensive list of standard equipment. 2017 VW #PinkBeetle The Dune Convertible is new for MY 2017 as well. The Beetle Dune has a bolder appearance in the Beetle range, thanks to the fitment of new front and rear fascias and pronounced black wheel arch extensions that flow into the bumpers. Additionally, the Dune’s raised ride height of 0.4 inches and a 0.6-inch wider body give it a more rugged stance. Highlighting the front end’s new look, the bumper features a large central air intake that widens towards its bottom edge, and the black honeycomb screen has an aluminum-look surround that morphs into the front skid plate. On either side of the intake, two black honeycomb vents contain the fog lights. A Lighting Package will be available, adding Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and LED rear license plate lighting. The side of the vehicle is characterized by the contrast between the polished aluminum sills and black trim strips that are reminiscent of the original Beetle running boards. 18” alloys are fitted with 235/45 all-season tires. The side mirrors have contrasting black lower portions and Reflex Silver uppers, and Dune graphics are displayed on both doors. At the back, the Dune features a large rear spoiler, standard LED taillamps, and a new bumper design that integrates matte black and aluminum elements like the front end. Inside, the 2017 Beetle Dune Convertible features sport seats with contrasting orange stitching and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. The Dune is fitted with the Composition Media infotainment system with standard VW Car-Net App-Connect, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices, along with a rearview camera and the Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) system. A Technology Package will also be available, which adds dual-zone auto climate, Fender Premium Audio System, and KESSY keyless access with push-button start. The 2017 Beetle Dune Convertible will be available in three exterior colors: Sandstorm Yellow, Pure White, and Deep Black Pearl. 2017 VW Beetle Dune CC Trend, R-Line 2.0T and V6 Executive trims were deleted from lineup. 2.0T Sport model was largely unchanged. 2.0T R-Line Executive adds Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). e-Golf The e-Golf is carried over largely unchanged from the 2016 model. Golf Wolfsburg Edition trim offers added value to Golf lineup. For the 2017 MY, four-door SE and SEL trims are sold order only. The Golf adds a high-value Wolfsburg Edition trim to the lineup, slotting above the S model. This adds the following equipment to the S trim: sunroof; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; KESSY keyless access with push-button start; heatable front seats; automatic headlights; rain-sensing windshield wipers; 16” alloys, Wolfsburg Edition badging and floormats; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. Golf Alltrack Adds 4Motion all-wheel drive to the Golf SportWagen’s. Body cladding and additional ground clearance give Alltrack a rugged off-road look. “Off-Road Mode” adds hill descent control and helps optimize traction control. Golf Alltrack offers cargo volume on par with compact SUVs for size and versatility. Available driver assistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist). The Golf Alltrack is an all-new model for 2017 and shares its underpinnings with its Golf family siblings, from its MQB architecture to the turbocharged and direct-injected powertrain. The EA888 1.8L I4 TSI gasoline engine puts out 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque. At launch it will be mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch DSG AT with a 6-speed MT will be available at a later date. While this compact wagon boasts excellent on-road manners the Alltrack’s defining characteristic is its 4Motion AWD system that uses the latest generation Haldex-5 coupling, activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump. In normal driving, the Alltrack acts like a front-wheel-drive car for better fuel economy, but as soon as the system detects wheel slip, up to 50 percent of the drive torque can be shipped to the rear wheels. The Golf Alltrack also features nearly an inch higher ground clearance over the SportWagen. From the outside, the Golf Alltrack cladding for key body pieces, including the unique bumpers, wheel wells and side sills, gives off-road protection and the front fascia incorporates fog lights and a unique honeycomb grille. The S and SE trims have 17” alloys while the topline SEL trim uses 18’s. Inside, the Alltrack mimics the SportWagen in layout but with more upscale materials. Leatherette seating surfaces are standard and Alltrack receives a unique brown leatherette option in addition to aluminum pedal covers, door sills with Alltrack branding, unique dashpad trim, and ambient lighting. Standard infotainment features include: a 6.5” capacitive color touchscreen with proximity sensor, rearview camera, and VW Car-Net App-Connect connectivity. A Drive Mode selector includes “Off-Road Mode,” which adds hill descent control and optimizes traction control for off-road terrain. The available Off-Road HMI that is part of the navigation system, displays compass, steering angle, and altitude when driving off-road. The Alltrack has a spacious trunk—with the rear seats up, it boasts 30.4 cu. ft. of space and when the 60:40 split rear seat is fully folded, that figure rises to 66.5 cu. ft. of storage. The split folding rear seats are accessed by release levers in the cargo area, maximizing convenience. Like the rest of the Golf line, the Alltrack provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It has been engineered to meet or exceed all current crash regulations and features no fewer than six airbags as standard along with a number of electronic safety systems. Alltrack models are equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and an Intelligent Crash Response System. Driver assistance systems available on the Alltrack include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), and front and rear Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist). 2017 VW Golf Alltrack Golf GTI The Golf GTI range has simplified options and a new Sport trim for 2017. The GTI Sport is a 4-door with standard Performance Package including brakes from the Golf R; electronically controlled, torque sensing, limited-slip differential; and a 10-horsepower increase to 220 hp (achieved with premium fuel)—as well as 18” alloys and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRLs. The Sport also features unique floor mats, KESSY keyless access with push-button start and black mirror caps. The Performance Package is no longer available on the 2- and 4-door S trim, but is now standard on the SE and Autobahn trims. A Lighting Package that features Bi-Xenon headlamps and the Adaptive Front lighting System is available on the SE. The Driver Assistance Package is available on S and SE models and includes: Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Compared with 2016 models, the 2017 Autobahn trim adds Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRLs. An available Driver Assistance Package adds the Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), and Light Assist high-beam control. This latter feature automatically raises the headlamp high beams above 40 mph, if there is no oncoming traffic detected. Golf SportWagen 4Motion AWD system now available on S trim with manual or automatic transmissions. The SEL model adds new driver assistance features and there are now Driver Assistance Packages for all trims. The most important change to the Golf SportWagen for 2017 is the availability of the 4Motion AWD system on the S trimline, with both the MT and AT. 2017 VW Golf SportWagen Compared with 2016 models, the 2017 SEL trim adds Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). An available Driver Assistance Package adds the Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRLs, and Light Assist high-beam control. The S (sold order only) and SE trims offer an available Driver Assistance Package that includes Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRLs; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking; and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Golf R New driver assistance features added to topline Golf R w/ DCC and Nav and a Driver Assistance Package for top trim adds Light Assist high-beam control. The Golf R w/ DCC and Nav gets a number of new features for 2017: Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and 19-inch Pretoria aluminum-alloy wheels. Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Light Assist high-beam control and Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) are part of the available Driver Assistance Package. Jetta 2017 VW Jetta The trim lineup simplified to just four models: S, SE, SEL, and SEL premium (sold order). The Jetta GLI is now offered only in high-value SE trim. The Jetta Hybrid has been discontinued. A rearview camera is now standard on the base S trim. New driver assistance features have been added to lower trim lines. The Jetta lineup is simplified for MY 2017. The base S trim adds 16” steel wheels standard, along with a rearview camera, LED DRLs, two-tone cloth seats, with the option of 16” alloys and a cold weather package (heatable washer nozzles and front seats). For 2017, the mid-trim SE adds VW Car-Net connectivity, a sunroof, LED DRLs, a leather-wrapped wheel and shifter knob, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces with rear pass-through functionality. The SEL trim gains: a power driver’s seat; LED DRLs; exterior chrome accents; Climatronic automatic dual-zone climate control; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The top SEL Premium, available as a sold order only, gains: Bi-xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front lighting System; LED DRLs; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The Jetta GLI is now available in only one trim, with standard 18” alloys, LED DRLs, a navigation system, power driver’s seat, Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), the Fender Premium Audio System, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert. Passat Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) is now standard across all trims. Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert becomes standard on R-Line and SE trims. A new V6 SE with Technology model joins lineup (sold order only). More standard equipment arrives on the R-Line and SE with Technology trims. 2017 VW Passat The Passat, redesigned for 2016 with fresh sheetmetal, a revised interior, and new connectivity and driver assistance systems, has relatively minor changes for 2017. The R-Line sees new features that include: the Composition Media touchscreen radio that has USB connectivity, voice control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial, and VW Car-Net App-Connect technology; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; a power driver seat; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; and heatable front seats. An available Lighting Package adds LED headlamps with LED DRLs and LED tailights. The SE adds KESSY keyless access with push-button start and has an available Lighting Package that adds fog lights to the R-Line’s setup. The SE with Technology model, available with both the 1.8T engine and the VR6, adds remote start, Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), 18” alloys, and LED headlamps and taillights. SUVs Tiguan sees two new models, the Wolfsburg and Sport. The R-Line and SE trims were discontinued. Additional standard features include an available leather package on S, Sport, and Wolfsburg trims. For 2017, the Tiguan adds new features. The base S trim is now fitted with Volkswagen’s Composition Media infotainment system that has a 6.3” screen and USB, Bluetooth and VW Car-Net App-Connect technology. The Composition Media system also includes HD radio, two SD slot cards, the ability to sync two phones simultaneously, and SiriusXM trial. The Wolfsburg trim replaces the R-Line in the lineup and features unique Wolfsburg Edition badging and floormats as well as a standard panoramic sunroof. The Sport replaces the SE trim and adds 18” gray alloys, body color side sills and rear bumper, black side-mirror door caps, a sport suspension, and dual auto climate. A leather package is available for the Sport trim, including Vienna leather seating surfaces, power driver and passenger seats with driver’s side memory, and power folding door mirrors. Touareg The Lux model is replaced by new Wolfsburg Edition. Driver Assistance Package and Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) is now standard on all trims. For 2017, the Touareg receives some equipment changes and the Lux trim is replaced by a new, value-oriented Wolfsburg trim. On the Sport with Technology trim includes the following standard features: Auto Hold; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Lane Change Assist (Side Assist); Park Distance Control (Park Pilot); and a heatable steering wheel. The Executive model now has standard 21” alloys and Auto Hold is now standard on all trims. The Wolfsburg Edition receives brushed aluminum décor, stainless steel door sills and pedals, black headliner, two-tone Vienna leather seating surfaces, heatable front seats, that can be ventilated, gray door inserts, a Wolfsburg badge, and contrast stitching on the floormats, steering wheel and shifter. The vehicle is also available with an all-black interior. Externally, the vehicle rides on 20” alloys that have a diamond-turned finish, with the option of blacked-out 20” alloys. The big question is when will we see the 2.0L and 3.0 L TDI within much of the above 2017 lineup? All I know is hopefully soon.