Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show.
Volkswagen has unveiled the new Golf GTE plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show. Building on the sportier versions of the Golf lineup, the GTI and diesel-powered GTD, the Golf GTE combines the sportiness of the GTI with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The Golf GTE is powered by a 1.4L 148 horsepower engine and a 101 horsepower electric motor. Together the two motors generate 201 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. The Golf GTE reaches 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds and has a top speed of 135 mph and in electric mode it can reach speeds up to 81 mph. It can also travel up to 31 miles in electric mode. It will take about three and half hours to recharge on a standard wall outlet, but obviously the charging time will drop when connected to a faster outlet.
Besides the new plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Golf GTE looks just like the other Golf models. With the introduction of the Golf GTE, VW will now offer five powertrain options for the Golf (gasoline, diesel, CNG, full electric and plug-in hybrid). The next Golf powertrain will be a
hydrogen fuel cell version.