2022 Volkswagen GTI: Redesign Info, Pricing, Photos, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - July 19, 2021

Model Preview

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf lineup will get a complete redesign and a serious update to its available models, as the base Golf won’t be a part of the initial Mark VIII lineup. This will leave just the 2022 Golf GTI and Golf R. Here’s what to expect when the redesigned VW Golf GTI hits showrooms.

Visually, the 2022 VW Golf GTI will remain easily identified with its distinct hatchback design, signature grille, and almost sleeper-like looks. But when you look closer, the Mark VIII Golf GTI has some key changes, starting with its longer body. Other visual updates will include an all-new face with a revised grille and headlights that sit below the grille’s accent line, a more sharply raked hood, new LED headlights, an updated VW logo, X-shaped fog lights, new wheels, and more.

Inside, the 2022 Golf GTI will continue the brand’s straightforward design trend but with an all-new look. The infotainment touchscreen will move from the center stack to atop the dash and range from 8 inches to 10 inches. The dash itself is thinner and more winglike with an accent strip spanning the width, mimicking the grille, and an available 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro gauge screen will come standard to modernize this otherwise simple interior further.

Other modernizing interior updates will include touch-sensitive buttons, an available head-up display, a 30-color ambient lighting system, and more.

Under its hood, the 2022 VW Golf GTI will boast a revised 2.0-liter EA888 turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will deliver 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 13-hp increase from the MKVII Golf GTI. Power will head to the front wheels via the standard six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

VW will offer its IQ.DRIVE driver assistance tech on the 2022 GTI, which will include semi-autonomous driving capabilities. This system will consist of semi-automated driving assist, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.

Stay tuned for a full review.

Pricing & Release Date

VW expects to have the 2022 Golf GTI in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The 2022 VW Golf GTI will be available in S, SE, and Autobahn trims, with an MSRP ranging from $30,540 to $38,990 (destination fees included).

This hot hatchback will compete with the Hyundai Veloster N, Mazda 3 Hatch Turbo, and Honda Civic Type R.

Pictured: 2022 GTI

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