Volkswagen’s Golf GTI is set to become a DSG-only proposition as of October when the updated version of the ‘do-it-all’ hot hatch arrives.
Set to be priced at $45,490, the 2019 GTI will receive the specs and equipment from the GTI Performance Edition as standard, meaning the third pedal is to disappear from the showroom.
There’s good news, though: the updated GTI will score the 180kW/370Nm tune as standard, along with the electro-mechanical front differential from the Performance Edition, and the same ventilated front and rear disc brakes from the VW Golf R.
Premium metallic and pearlescent paint is a $500 option, while the $2,300 Sound & Style package adds 19-inch alloys, a 9.2-inch sat-nav, gesture control for infotainment, voice control and a Dynaudio Excite premium sound system.
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Also available is the $3,900 Luxury pack, which adds a panoramic sunroof, heated leather seats (which ditch the iconic clark tartan) with electric adjustment, and a memory function for the exterior mirrors.
The three-door (and manual) VW Golf GTI Original is still available while stocks remain, while VW Aus also says stocks of manual five door GTIs remain.
VW Australia marketing manager Ben Wilks recently said the alteration to the GTI came due to changes in the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure in Europe, but that the move to DSG only was one that fit with customer demand.
"This GTI embodies what customers want."
While the GTI moves on from the three-pedal way, the Golf R will remain available as a manual as of its next model year. Stay tuned for 2019 pricing and specification of the Golf R.