Officials cancelled the Geneva Motor Show due to coronavirus outbreak. VW, therefore, moved the planned debut of the eight-generation GTI online. Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeIh2hQWk-I
There’s a tribute to the original GTI, too. According to Hyundai’s Michelle Tinson, carmakers went into overdrive moving crews, gear and executives to alternative vehicle-launch venues.
European Dub fans get a 245-hp turbocharged mill (EA888 evo4) with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. A fresh driving dynamics system plus driver-selected damping provide a range of driving styles. Lane Keep Assist and Front Assist are standard.
A digital cockpit and 10-inch touchscreen replace conventional controls. There are several touch points. One can tap or slide to adjust temperature, turn on seat heaters and select driving modes. A multifunction steering wheel is standard.
The grille’s trim connecting the headlamps lights up. Below-the-bumper are five-element hexagonal lamps. GTI-like fun can be efficient, too. There’s a GTE (plug-in hybrid) or dual-SCR catalyst GTD (diesel).
At the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, 15,630 adults were taken for a ride—in Altas Cross Sports. VW’s sandman, Saad Chehab a marketing ace, ordered the Baja-like indoor sandbox. Professional drivers drove the vehicles. Here’s a link to VW’s Cross Sport design review: https://youtu.be/HjHF9fs https://youtu.be/HjHF9fs_858
S trim with 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine starts at $31,565 including destination. Add $1,900 for AWD. Forward collision abatement, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic assist are standard.
SE trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and power driver’s seat. SE with/Tech lets you add the 3.6-liter V6 for $1,400 more than the four. A loaded Cross Sport’s MSRP is more than $50,000. Nicely equipped ones are less than of $40,000. Notice the eyesore front camera. It’s for the overhead view camera setup.