Updates to the 2017 Jetta, Passat and Tiguan Models

September 27th, 2016 by

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It’s that time of year again – the time when the new model year cars hit showrooms and dealer lots. 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Volkswagen, with plenty of new innovations and changes small and large to all of your favorite VW models. While you’ll want to come into the showroom to get all of the information and to test drive the new models for yourself, here are some of the changes you can expect from some of Volkswagen’s most popular models:

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Updates

The Jetta has long been one of VWs bestselling models. 2017 isn’t a redesign year and Jetta doesn’t get a major overhaul, but there are a few small changes from last year’s model. The 2017 Jetta will continue with the updated MIB II infotainment system (featuring CarPlay and Android Auto) and the turbocharges engine, even on the base model. A few trim levels have been dropped, including Sport and Hybrid models. Most of the changes are relatively minor and cosmetic. If you were a fan of the 2016 Jetta, you’ll also like the 2017 Jetta. If you love the Jetta in general and have a model older than 2016, you’ll definitely notice the difference with the upgraded technology in 2016 and 2017 models.

2017 VW Passat Updates

As with the Jetta, many of the changes to the 2017 VW Passat are minor and cosmetic. However, there are a few substantive changes that are worth mentioning. Perhaps the greatest change is the addition of safety features like emergency braking and forward collision warning as standard features. While these were available on last year’s Passat, they are becoming standard for the 2017 model year. Look for these kinds of safety features to increasingly become standard fare on VWs as Volkswagen continues to lead the charge to provide the safest vehicles on the streets. Additional trim levels have also been added, giving you more options when it comes to interior accoutrements, tech features, infotainment systems and more. The new trim levels include the sporty new Passat R-Line, which features heated leatherette seats, SiriusXM free trial, connectivity options, USB port and more; and the SE trim, which features push button start, keyless access, premium 18-inch wheels, V6 engine and LED head and tail lights.

In short, most of the additions were available last year, but have become standard, either on all or some trim levels of the 2017 Volkswagen Passat.

2017 VW Passat

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Updates

2018 is slated as the year that Tiguan gets a major refitting, but the addition of two new trim levels makes for a few exciting changes to the model. The first is the Wolfsburg trim, which adds distinctive badging and floor mats and a panoramic sunroof that is out of this world. The second is the Sport trim, which adds 18-inch premium aluminum alloy wheels, body color side sills, upgraded sport suspension and side-mirror door caps (black). Tiguan continues to provide standard features like a large 6.3-inch touchscreen, smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, available leather package (including an available Vienna leather feature), power passenger and driver seats and more.

In general, we expect much bigger and more noticeable changes to Volkswagen models in the 2018 model year. That said, there’s something to be said for buying the final model year before major changes are made. By then, any hiccups have generally been worked out, making it an idea time to purchase a new car. To test drive any of the new 2017 models, come to the VW of South Charlotte showroom or give us a call at 704.612.0407 to set an appointment and we’ll have the 2017 model of your choice waiting for you when you get here.