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2022 Volkswagen Golf R is the most powerful Golf to date and yes, it's coming to the U.S.

The Volkswagen Golf R is the sportiest Golf on the market.

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R is the most powerful Golf VW has ever produced. It's being hailed as the sportiest of successors to the last-generation Golf, which has a small but passionate fanbase in the U.S.

The exterior treatment of the Golf R makes it as sporty-looking as the rest of its stablemates. It has a new front bumper with a motorsport-style splitter and R-specific air intake grilles with high-gloss black elements. At the top of the radiator grille, the Golf features a blue crossbar which lights up as an LED strip as soon as the engine starts and stretches all the way into the fenders to act as the daytime running lights. This similar design feature is available on the new ID.4 and Taos.

2022 Volkswagen Golf RThe car is very similar to the rest of the Golf stable, but with a few sporty highlights that are sure to please enthusiasts.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

U.S. customers will have their Golf R come standard with a sunroof. Additional exterior design elements and equipment choices include 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, summer performance tires, unique side skirts, blue brake calipers adorned with an R logo on the front, and matte chrome exterior mirror caps that project the R logo onto the road when the doors are opened/closed.

The new Golf R can be configured in three different colors. Lapiz Blue Metallic is the signature color for the R, but it will also be available in Pure White or Deep Black Pearl Effect.

The halo car of the Golf family delivers 315 horsepower, a 27-horsepower boost over the outgoing model, and 310 pound-feet of torque up from 280). Each Golf R gets a turbocharged 1,984 cc four-cylinder engine hat is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available.

2022 Volkswagen Golf RVolkswagen has made the new Golf its most digitally advanced Golf to date.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

It comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD) and can get from zero to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds. The Golf R's top speed is 155 mph. Volkswagen's new AWD system features variable torque distribution for the rear axle, allowing for increased agility with the new Golf R. Electronic differential locks and an active damping system are networked to the AWD via a vehicle dynamics manager.

The interior of the Golf R comes standard with a 10-inch Digital Cockpit with welcome graphic. The driver and front passenger sit on top-of-the-range sport seats, with Nappa leather seating surfaces that feature carbon-look elements with blue accents in the side sections, as well as a blue R logo in the backrest. In front of the driver is a heated and multifunction leather sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, blue contrast stitching, and an R button for direct selection of various driving modes (Comfort, Sport, Race, Drift, Special and Individual).

The Drift and Special drive modes were honed during tuning sessions at the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track.

2022 Volkswagen Golf RThe VW "R" is prominently featured across the interior and exterior.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Additionally, there is carbon look dash panel décor; R-specific door trim, brushed stainless-steel pedal caps and driver footrest, and 30-color ambient lighting for the dash panel and doors that is synchronized with the display.

The 2022 Volkswagen Golf R will go on sale in the U.S. in the latter part of 2021.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

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With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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