Following last month’s rumor, Volkswagen has revealed a plug-in hybrid version of the Golf called “GTE” which will premiere in Geneva next month.
Volkswagen is expanding the Golf range by adding a plug-in hybrid derivative powered by a 4-cylinder 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged gasoline engine delivering 148 bhp (110 kW) along with a 101 bhp (75 kW) electric motor which together offer a combined output of 201 bhp (150 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.
In electric mode it will be able to hit a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h) while used as a plug-in hybrid the Golf GTE does 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 7.6 seconds before topping out at 135 mph (217 km/h). In electric mode it can cover a distance of up to 31 miles (50 km) and with both engines working it has an overall range of 584 miles (940 km). As a plug-in hybrid vehicle it will return an impressive 130 mpg US (157 mpg UK or 1.8 liters / 100 km) with corresponding CO2 emissions of just 35 g/km.
In terms of design, it looks virtually the same as the regular Golf with the exception of the front fascia that takes cues from the all-electric e-Golf and the GTI. The vehicle is fitted as standard with a 6.5-inch Composition Media radio system or an optional Discover Pro navigation system.
Compared to the regular Golf, the GTE derivative comes with several additional functions usually found in plug-in hybrid cars such as a driving range monitor, an energy flow display along with “zero emission statistics” and an “e-manager.” The optional navigation system also has a “360° driving range” function and Volkswagen says owners will be able to download for free an application to access info and control various car functions remotely.