US: Volkswagen Golf roster updated for 2017 model year image

The German automaker has decided to make life easier on its potential clients – and no, we’re not talking about doing the right thing and ditching false claims.

Instead, the company is going about its business as if the Dieselgate scandal is something that happened to somebody else. For example, the US division has decided to consolidate and simplify its model roster for the upcoming model year changeover. Prospective buyers in the US have something to look forward to during the next model year, aside from the already known introduction of the Alltrack version. For those not interested in the pseudo-crossover, the regular Golf SportWagen isi now also packing an optional 4Motion all-wheel drive system. The Haldex-5-based system will be exclusive to the S trim though, which can be paired to a manual or automatic transmission.

VW also prepares some significant changes for the GTI model lineup. There’s a new Sport trim tucked in between the S and SE versions, and could be great for those looking for driver-oriented goodies instead of luxury tweaks. The Sport is only selectable when taking home the five-door, and comes with standard 8-inch wheels and the Performance Package, which brings 10 more horsepower for a total of 220 hp, the Golf R’s bigger brakes as well as a torque-sensing limited-slip differential. Other goodies include the Bi-Xenon headlights, LED running lights, keyless access with push-button start, and black mirror caps. In related news, the Jetta Hybrid model has been retired for the new model year.