Volkswagen is adding numerous driver-assistance features, new connectivity options, and a refreshed infotainment system across its lineup for the 2016 model year.
The host of driver-assistance features were previously only available on the Volkswagen Touareg SUV and will now be available on the Beetle, CC, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and Jetta models starting the 2016 model year. The optional driver-assistance features include: Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist that can parallel park and perpendicular park) and an active Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) system. In addition, the Beetle, Beetle convertible and Jetta models will receive Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard.
With the change up for the 2016 model year, the German automaker also announced that over 85 percent of its lineup will come with standard rearview cameras.
The new features will typically be bundled together in a driver assistant package that can be added on to most models and trims for under $1,500.
The Tiguan and Eos won’t get any of the driver assist features because the Eos is destined to be discontinued and the Tiguan is set for a refresh in the near future. The Passat is also absent from VW’s plans because the upgrades will be incorporated when the redesigned sedan launches in the fall of this year.
The 2016 model year VWs will also get better smartphone integration with Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Part of the infotainment updates with the new MIB II interface that is more responsive and faster computing, all VWs will come standard with a touchscreen, Bluetooth and USB connectivity (VW is finally ditching its proprietary cable). A new feature allows you to pair two phones simultaneously, a helpful feature for people who carry a personal and a business phone.
The new infotainment screen (available on higher trims) gets capacitive touch capabilities, meaning it will recognize smartphone and tablet gestures like pinch to zoom, drag-to-drop, swiping and tapping. There is also a proximity sensor that detects when a hand is near the screen, so it can bring up the proper menus and change the display to be less distracting while driving. Entry-level models will get the non-capacitive five-inch touchscreen.
The CarNet connectivity will also be available for subscription, which allows diagnostics, security and safety information, and real-time status updates on the car and its systems. The feature will work with an app and smartwatches in the future to allow remote access (so you can do things like unlock the car or check if your doors are open with your phone) to many of the car’s functions and systems.
Models with these new features will start rolling into dealers in the coming weeks.
— Jodi Lai (@DrivingMissJodi) July 29, 2015
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