Volkswagen to Refresh Five Models for the 2025 Model Year

Volkswagen has announced the changes it’s making to its range for the 2025 model year, and they’re fairly extensive. The Atlas and the ID.4 carry on mostly unchanged, as they were updated for 2024, but the Jetta, Taos, Tiguan, Golf GTI, and Golf R all get refreshed.

Updates for 2025 Models

We’ll need to be patient to find out precisely what Volkswagen has in store: Most of the updated models it announced haven’t been unveiled for the American market yet, and details are scarce. The Jetta and the enthusiast-friendly Jetta GLI will get a round of updates for 2025; both models will be unveiled in the second quarter of 2024. The compact Taos will get what Volkswagen refers to as “a major refresh” in the third quarter of 2024, and the new third-generation Tiguan will make its debut for the 2025 model year as well.

Hot Hatch Updates

On the hot hatch side of the range, the Golf GTI and the Golf R will both get a mid-cycle update. The refreshed model has already been unveiled for the European market with new-look styling, new technology in the cabin, and more power under the hood. The Golf GTI is going automatic-only for the first time to celebrate the regular Golf’s 50th birthday. The Golf R will feature a subtly updated exterior design, similar interior changes to the GTI, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine turbocharged to 329 horsepower.

Updates to Crossovers

The crossovers that were updated for 2024 get minor changes as well. Every member of the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport range now come standard with a 15-watt wireless device charger and Light Assist technology. The SEL Premium R-Line trim levels get additional standard features, including a massage function for the front passengers, and more color options are available. New colors like Mountain Lake Blue and Avocado Green have been added to the palette.

New Model Introduction

New for 2025 is the ID. Buzz. The model offered in the US is longer and is available with three rows of seats. Pricing and specifications will be announced later, but the lineup will include three trim levels, various paint options, and three interior colors when sales start in the fourth quarter.

Voice Assistant Integration

Most of Volkswagen’s 2025 models will get an available voice assistant with ChatGPT integration. Pricing for the 2025 range will be announced later, with the first models expected to reach showrooms in September and others arriving in early 2025.

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