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Volkswagen rolls out comprehensive list of 2021 model year updates

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Volkswagen is in the process up updating its model range, to include the latest MIB3 infotainment system across the board, as well as adding RDE2-compliant engines.

New Volkswagen badge is also applied to the range

New Volkswagen badge is also applied to the range

Across the Volkswagen range, the MIB3 infotainment system has been introduced to all compatible models, which brings the benefit of wirelessly connecting to Apple CarPlay.

The engine line-up is also being enhanced to meet RDE2 regulations with some units already compliant, and the majority switching over before the end of the year.

Fleet favourite the Volkswagen Passat gets the new Volkswagen logo and begins its transition to RDE2 compliance, while a revised trim line-up begins with the SE Nav specification.

The latest Volkswagen Golf doesn’t receive much by way of updates, given its recent launch, but there is a new illuminated grille option on the R Line model that comes as standard on the Style trim.

The Polo has been subtly updated outside with a new badge. Under the bonnet, the three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI 95hp engine is now available on SEL trim, and the range now starts with SE trim. All Polo specifications get Emergency Call Service as standard. Beats trim is also getting an overhauled design; to arrive at a later as-yet undisclosed date.

MIB3 infotainment system is new to multiple models

MIB3 infotainment system is new to multiple models

The Polo-based T-Cross gets the new MIB3 infotainment system, wireless Apple CarPlay and a three-year subscription to Volkswagen’s We Connect Plus. The T-Cross is also getting a three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI 110hp  petrol engine with DSG auto, while the 95hp, 115hp and four-cylinder 1.5-litre 150hp options remain and will be RDE2-compliant.

T-Roc gains Emergency Call Service as standard. All models except for the T-Roc R get a minor modification of the 12V centre console socket being replaced with a USB-C and USB charging socket, while the two USB-B ports in the front centre console are replaced with new USB-C sockets.

up! models fitted with climate control now get an allergen filter as standard. The model will also be fitted with a more powerful, RDE2-compliant three-cylinder 1.0-litre 65hp engine.

The Golf-sized T-Roc SUV engine line-up is to be revised with RDE2 compliant engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI 110hp, 6-speed manual is new to the range, as is a 2.0-litre TDI 115hp unit. T-Roc Cabriolet also gets the 110hp unit.

The Tiguan Allspace will also receive a new RDE2-compliant 2.0-litre TDI 200hp engine, which replaces the less powerful 2.0-litre TDI 190hp unit. It will also receive the updated MIB3 infotainment system with wireless Apple Car Play.

For the seven-seat Touran MPV, new options have been added including a Dolphin Grey exterior. Inside, a Dynaudio sound system can also now be chosen, while Volkswagen’s Active Info Display can now be fitted in place of the traditional analogue instruments. The car also gets the MIB3 infotainment system.

The Sharan now has simplified options and engine availability, and new chromed switchgear in its interior.

Range-topping Touareg will get white ambient lighting to the entry-level SE specification. For SE, SEL and SEL Tech, a three-spoke, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters and touch control is also new, while the R-Line, R-Line Tech and Black Edition gain a new second-generation heated sports steering wheel. The Touareg’s USB-A port is also upgraded to an illuminated USB-C inlet. Volkswagen’s Travel Assist system has been made standard equipement for the model, replacing Traffic Jam Assist as part of the Driver’s Assistance Pack Plus. The Professional Park Assist package allows for remote control of the Touareg using a smartphone app as a controller too. Finally, the car also gets a double-sized AdBlue tank for the RDE2 TDI models, from 12 to 24 litres.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.