Volkswagen has unveiled the latest member of its Volkswagen Golf hatchback family and it is called the Volkswagen Golf GTE. The name sounds in line with the Golf GTI, but it is not just the name but the dynamics as well. The Golf GTE is a plug in hybrid version of the highly acclaimed Golf hatchback and clubs the benefits of an electric drivetrain and performance equivalent to the Golf GTI.
The name Golf GTE follows the same nomenclature that Volkswagen has used for the rest of the Golf models in the UK. Here, GT stands from Gran Tourismo and E stands for electricity.
The Golf GTE is powered by a set-up comprising of a 1.4-litre TSI direct-injection petrol engine and an electric motor. The internal combustion engine produces a nice 150 PS while the electric motor contributes 102 PS, putting out a combined 204 PS. The combined range of the Golf GTE is 580 miles. On electric drive alone the car can attain a top speed of 81 mph and travel up to 31 miles, thanks to 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery which can be charged in 3 and a half hours from a domestic outlet. The battery weighs 120 kg.
Talking about the petrol engine now, it helps the car sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds which is not bad for a car weighing 1520 kg. It produces a peak torque of 350 Nm and helps the car achieve a top speed of 135 mph. Complementing the potent powertrain is a 6-speed DSG gearbox with a triple-clutch arrangement. The triple-clutch system has been specifically developed for hybrid vehicles.
As far as the features are concerned, the GTE features C-shaped LED daytime running lights, aerodynamic horizontal ‘fins’, blue accents on the radiator grille and into the headlights, LED lights, 18-inch ‘Serron’ alloy wheels, 8-inch Discover Pro satellite navigation system, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and much more.
Volkswagen will start taking orders for the Golf GTE in UK in the month of August this year. Pricing of the car will be announced soon.