Volkswagen’s petrol-electric plug-in hybrid Golf will take a new GTE model nomenclature into production.
Revealed at the Geneva motor show, the Golf GTE is the second dedicated petrol-electric plug-in hybrid model from the German car maker, following on from the limited volume XL1 launched in 2013.
GTE tag has been chosen to reflect what Volkswagen describes as the
sporting qualities of the new five-door hatchback, which has been styled
in a similar fashion to the existing Golf GTI and GTD.
comes from a transversely mounted 1.4-litre four-cylinder
direct-injection petrol engine and synchronous electric motor sited
within the gearbox housing. The combustion engine develops 148bhp, with
the electric motor delivering 101bhp. Together they provide the Golf GTE
with a combined 201bhp, along with 258lb ft of torque.
By comparison, the Golf GTI’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder direct-injection petrol engine kicks out 217bhp and the same 258lb ft in standard guise.
while the Golf GTI tips the scales at 1351kg, the Golf GTE is fitted
with a 200kg lithium ion battery boasting a capacity of 8.8kWh, taking
its kerb weight to 1524kg.
Drive is channelled through a six-speed
gearbox that comprises three individual clutches connected to the front
wheels. Volkswagen claims a 0-62mph time of 7.6sec and 135mph top speed
in hybrid mode.
The driver can alternatively choose to run in
e-mode via a switch on the centre console, in which the advanced new
Golf is propelled exclusively by the electric motor for a claimed
zero-emission range of 31 miles at speeds up to 81mph.
Based on the European test procedure, the Golf
GTE is claimed to boast combined consumption of 188.3mpg. However, the
figure is largely theoretical having been achieved on electric
Initially unveiled in prototype form at last year’s Frankfurt motor show,
it receives a unique front bumper featuring LED positioning lamps,
similar in appearance to those used by the XL1 and standard LED
The remainder mirrors the appearance of the Golf GTI. But instead of red accents, the Golf GTE
boasts blue tones in the form of a continuous horizontal line running
through each headlamp and lower blade of the grille, as well as
similarly toned GTE badges within the front flanks.
differentiation from standard Golf models includes widened sills, a
spoiler atop the rear tailgate, darkened tail lamp lenses and standard
16inch wheels in a unique design.
The interior styling of Golf GTE
also leans heavily on the Golf GTI, but with blue highlights instead of
the more familiar red shades. Standard equipment includes a 6.5inch
This display houses a range of unique
functions, including range monitor, zero emission statistic data and
so-called e-manager – the latter allowing vehicle information, including
state of charge, to be remotely accessed via a smartphone app that will
be made available to customers.
Volkswagen's Golf GTE is planned
to go on sale in the UK in late August, with first deliveries expected
in December. Official pricing has not yet been announced, but it's
expected that the GTE will fit between the current £26,125 Golf GTI and the £29,900 Golf R, meaning a price of around £28,000 is likely. That's including the government's £5000 grant for electric vehicles.
Without the grant, expected prices for the GTE will start at around £33,000.
Thanks to: Autocar