Volkswagen's business strategies and politics have drastically changed since the scandal with fake emissions tests in the US and, consequently, board members of the management leaving the company. These changes heavily influenced the latest update of the once world-largest car manufactuer – their most important product, Golf that will also present itself with the electric model, E-Golf.

It is quite clear now that the updated seventh generation of Golf will arrive sometime in the begining of next year. It will be revealed, at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. There, we will be able to check out exactly what it looks like and soon after the electric version of Golf will be available for purchase. Introducing their newest business direction 'Strategie 2025', Volkswagen emphasized that they intend to give a lot of attention to creating new electric models - one of them being the new E-Golf.

E-Golf will receive all the updates as the standard version of the new Golf as well. The exterior will remain practically intact, as Golf's exterior was designed in the spirit of timelessness. There will only be a couple of changes for the e-version,  including upgraded headlights, boasting standard equipment LED technology.

E-Golf's battery capacity will be 35.8 kWh, with a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles) on a full charge. The power of the electric motor will be increased to 120 kW.

The new infotainment system will also be a very important part of the revamped Golf. The new E-Golf Touch system was already introduced at this year's CES in Las Vagas (back in January) and will be standard equipment in E-Golf, but will need to be purchased extra with the non-electric Golf. The coolest new feature of the infotainment system is the new 9.2-inch central touchscreen (1280 x 640 pixels), and there will be a couple of functions the driver will be able to manage with hand gesture control. Hand gesture management will be an integral part of Volkswagen's electronic platform,  so it is safe to expect it will later become available with other Volkswagen models as well. 

July 11, 2016 Driving photo: Bojan Perko

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