Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia managing director Erik Winter with the new Golf R-Line. PIC BY SYARAFIQ ABD SAMAD

VOLKSWAGEN Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has unveiled the new Golf R-Line with a price tag of RM166,990 excluding road tax, registration and insurance.

The Golf R-Line completes the new Golf family line-up in Malaysia. Previously, VPCM introduced its Golf Sportline, GTI and the legendary Golf R.

“Since the launch of the Golf family, we received very positive response towards the variants. With today’s unveiling, the family is complete. The Golf is such an iconic model for Volkswagen and has a strong following here, as well as around the world.

“It is no surprise that more than 34 million units have been sold worldwide since its market introduction in 1974. To date, demand for the Golf remains at an all-time high for us,” said its managing director, Erik Winter.

The Golf 1.4 TSI R-Line is powered by a 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged engine that is paired with a 7-speed dry clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG), resulting in 148hp and 250Nm of torque between 1,500 and 3,500rpm.

Volkswagen claims that the Golf 1.4 TSI R-line is able to complete the century sprint in 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 216kph.

It is equipped with a 17-inch alloy wheels, R-Line front and rear bumper, rear spoiler, trapezoidal chrome exhaust trim, R-Line logo on the radiator grille and side panels, Full LED adaptive headlights with daytime running lights, LED taillights, leather upholstery, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 8-inch, 8-inch infotainment system, dual-zone climatronic system, front and rear fog lamps, automatic headlights, automatic wipers, start/stop engine system with regenerative braking and eight-speaker sound system.

Safety features include 7 airbags, manoeuvre braking that automatically brakes the car when it senses objects up to 10kph during parking, automatic post-collision brake system, rest assist, occupant protection system, advanced electronic differential lock, anti-lock braking system, brake force distribution, brake pad wear indicator, electronic stability control, engine drag torque control, hill hold control, tyre pressure loss indicator, speed sensitive eletromechanical power steering, and ISOFIX child seat anchoring system.

With six colour options - Turmeric Yellow (variant exclusive), Atlantic Blue, Pure White, Deep Black, White Silver and Indium Grey - the fully-imported Golf 1.4 TSI R-Line is available for viewing at the Volkswagen booth at the Malaysian Autoshow 2018, alongside the full Golf family.

Other models such as the Polo, Vento, Passat, Tiguan and Beetle are showcased there. There will be a fleet of units for test drive, including the Golf Sportline and Golf GTI.

Visitors can enjoy the exclusive promotions and deals on the new and pre-owned Volkswagen models, and received customised gifts and test drive goodies. The Malaysia Autoshow 2018 runs from April 26 to 29 at MAEPS, Serdang.

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