Volkswagen Gets Some Tech Improvements For This Year

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But not all models benefit equally.

For the 2020 model year, Volkswagen introduced some minor changes to its Car-Net mobile app. Now, for the 2021 model year, VW is implementing more changes to its MIB3 infotainment system including wireless App-Connect, enhanced voice recognition, USB-C charging, upgraded navigation, and SiriusXM with 360L streaming. Travel Assist and Emergency Assist have also been added for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas and 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Travel Assist enables partially-automated hands-on driving from 0 to 95 mph using the adaptive cruise and lane-keep assist systems. Emergency assist monitors the driver to make sure they are paying attention and can deliver warnings in the form of a visual alert, audible noise, or brake jerk to wake them up should they fall asleep. It can also bring the vehicle to a halt if the driver is incapacitated.

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2021.5 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport models will upgrade to the MIB3 infotainment system on SE models and up, while the SEL and SEL Premium trims receive Travel and Emergency Assist. The 2021 Golf is unchanged from 2020 and will not get the new infotainment but interestingly, the 2021 Golf GTI will. It also gets new designs for the 18-inch wheels as the US market eagerly awaits the arrival of the eighth-generation GTI as a 2022 model.

The Golf's sedan counterpart, the Jetta, will get the MIB3 system as will the sportier Jetta GLI. The Jetta SE and SEL trims now add a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat while the GLI Autobahn receives adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and high beam control.

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MIB3 is not listed as a new feature for the 2021 Passat but as a consolation prize, all Passat models now get adaptive cruise control. The 2021 Tiguan will receive the MIB3 system along with adaptive cruise control on all trims prior to its 2022 facelift.

VW has also heavily updated its flagship Arteon sedan, details of which will be available soon.

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