Changes to the 2022 Volkswagen Models
For 2022, the changes in the Volkswagen model lineup reflect two big initiatives that the brand has undertaken. One is electrification, exemplified by the ID lineup of models led by the Volkswagen ID.4, which debuted as a 2021 model. Other electric vehicles in the new ID portfolio will soon follow. But perhaps even more critical for the short term is VW's increasing reliance on crossover utility vehicles, models like the Atlas, Taos, and Tiguan that now represent the majority of its volume.
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At the same time, Volkswagen is not neglecting the bread-and-butter sedans and hatchbacks that it has become known for over the decades. The Golf GTI and Golf R performance hatchbacks are all-new for the 2022 model year. Both Jetta and Jetta GLI compact sedans are subjects of a substantial mid-cycle refresh. And the Volkswagen Arteon luxury 4-door coupe gets a more powerful engine that should enhance its competitive prospects.
The brand is also dialing up more tech with broader applications of its IQ.Drive advanced driving assistance technology and Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrumentation and driver information system. Both are standard on the vast majority of VW models for 2022.