The first pictures of the Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid have just been unveiled. The model combines the benefits of electric mobility with the dynamics of a Golf GTI. Of course, with Geneva Motor Show being around the corner, the car will make its official reveal there.
Precisely, the GTE is the fifth variety of drive type for the Golf. The latter is now available with petrol, diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid power. In the name of the model, the ‘GT’ stands for ‘Gran Tourismo’, while the ‘E’ for Electricity.
To go even further into details, the GTE is driven by two engines: a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 hp (75 kW) electric motor. When working together, they produce power of 204 hp (150 kW) and a theoretical range of around 580 miles.
With the use of the electric motor alone, the GTE is capable of speeds of 81 mph, while with the TSI, the car can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds on to Vmax of 135 mph. The torque here is estimated at 350 Nm (258 lbs ft). The fuel efficiency is also impressive with a combined cycle figure of 188 mpg and CO2 emissions of 35 g/km. In pure electric mode the GTE can travel up to 31 miles. Of course, in electric mode there are no emissions released. The 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in around three and a half hours from a domestic mains outlet, or two and a half hours from a domestic wallbox.
In terms of transmission, the Golf GTE utilizes a six-speed DSG gearbox with a triple-clutch system specially developed for hybrid vehicles. The electric motor is integrated into the gearbox housing, while further hybrid components include power electronics and a charger. An electro-mechanical brake servo and an electric air conditioning compressor make for energy-efficient braking and air conditioning.
Speaking about the visual appearance of the car, it is a typical Golf. In fact, it mixes the exterior characteristics of the e-Golf and the GTI. The front bumper features C-shaped LED daytime running lights, aerodynamic horizontal ‘fins’, blue accents and 18-inch ‘Serron’ alloy wheels.
The interior of the model includes blue elements that continue the design theme of the exterior. They can be seen on the stitching of the steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and seats, the stripe in the tartan pattern on the sports seats.
Moreover, an 8-inch Discover Pro satellite navigation system with DAB radio and Bluetooth will come as a standard. Full details will be available when the new five-door Golf GTE opens for ordering in late August.
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