Volkswagen has officially introduced the Golf GTE at the Geneva Motor Show 2014. The Volkswagen 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.
The Golf GTE is powered by a transversely-mounted 1.4-liter four pot direct-injection petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor seated within the gearbox housing. The petrol motor develops 148 bhp, and the electric motor produces a good 101 bhp. Together, they produce a combined power and torque of 201 bhp and 35.6 kgm. The battery is a 200 kg lithium-ion battery, which makes the car tip the scales at 1524 kgs.
Power is sent to the wheels via a six-speed gearbox that comprises three individual clutches connected to the front wheels. Volkswagen claims the car will do 0-100 kmph in 7.6 sec and will keep on accelerating to its top whack of 217 kmph in hybrid mode.
The driver of this hybrid Golf can alternatively choose to run in e-mode via a switch on the center console. In this mode, the car is propelled exclusively by the electric motor for a claimed zero-emission range of 50 km at speeds up to 130 kmph. In the European cycle, the Volkswagen Golf GTE has a claimed combined consumption of 66.7 kmpl. However, the figure is largely theoretical having been achieved on electric propulsion alone.
The interior styling of Golf GTE is heavily inspired from the Golf GTI, but with blue highlights instead of the red shades. Standard equipment includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen monitor which displays a range of unique functions, including range monitor, zero emission statistic data and 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.
The Volkswagen Golf GTE is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in late August, with deliveries expected to commence in December.