Get ready for a lot more standard features.
Volkswagen has some big changes coming for 2020 to attract new customers. The German automaker recently announced changes to its warranty, which now includes two years of scheduled maintenance. VW is now announcing even more changes across its entire 2020 model year lineup, with new standard safety and technology features on every model.
For 2020, VW says it will add several standard driver-assistance features including forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and rear traffic alert. All 2020 VW models will also include a next-generation Car-Net telematics system and standard in-car WiFi (with a data plan subscription).
Specific models will also receive their own unique changes. For example, the 2020 Jetta, Jetta GLI, and Tiguan will all receive an available wireless charger. The redesigned Passat was the only VW model to be revealed as a 2020 model, so this announcement also serves to inform of the changes to the rest of the company's lineup.
In order to simplify the buying process, VW has cut several trims levels across its model range. The Golf GTI, for example, now only comes in S and SE trims with an optional Autobahn Package on the SE replacing the outgoing Autobahn trim level. Likewise, the Jetta GLI will drop the 35th Anniversary trim and will now come in S and Autobahn trims. The DCC adaptive dampers found on the 35th Anniversary car will now come on the Autobahn trim.
Some other changes to the lineup include a new Value Edition Golf, which now acts as the only available trim level including keyless access with push-button start, leatherette seating surfaces, heated front seats, a panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof, heated washer nozzles, and 16-inch wheels. The 2020 Passat should arrive later this year in four trim levels - S, SE, R-Line, and SEL - and pricing has yet to be announced for the entire 2020 model range.