Volkswagen’s current seventh-generation will come in for a major update at the end of next year, introducing key new convenience technologies.
Buyers got a first look at the new systems with the special Golf R Touch concept revealed earlier this year, which showcased an overhauled interior with three giant displays in the dash.
Among them was a broad screen in place of the traditional instrument cluster, along with two oversized displays in the centre stack that allow a number of functions to be controlled by phone-like hand gestures.
In its concept form, the Golf R Touch’s systems replace nearly all of the cabin’s physical switches with on-screen touch and gesture controls, including a special 3D camera system in the roof lining that responds to touch and swipe gestures for controlling the sunroof.
Likewise, running your hand along the edge of your seat can control its position by displaying the functions on the touch screen.
Speaking with the UK’s Auto Express at this week’s CES Asia technology event, Volkswagen executive Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser said that these systems will feature heavily in the updated Golf range due at the end of 2016.
"The interior features a preview of future VW interior technologies, with smartphone applications redefined for automotive use," Neusser said of the Golf R Touch’s technologies.
"The gesture control will become reality in the Golf at the end of next year."
The company has yet to confirm if the addition of gesture control wil alsol bring the larger screens - 12.8, 12.3 and 8 inches respectively - but Auto Express reports that the concept’s centre displays, at least, will feature.
Although the wide new instrument display is not confirmed, its presence in top-spec models of the new Passat range suggests it may filter down to the Golf either next year or with the following eighth-generation line.
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