Volkswagen says its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers eco-friendly buyers the “best of both worlds” -- a compact hatchback that can be driven up to 50km in cities using electric power or up to 940km on highways with additional power from its gasoline engine.
VW says Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers the 'best of both worlds'
The GTE is powered by a 105-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and a 102-hp electric motor.
Is it fast?
The GTE accelerates from 0 to 100kph in 7.6 seconds. It has a maximum speed of 222kph.
Why the GTE name?
VW uses the GT label for its sporty models. GT stands for Grand Tourer and the E for electric. The Golf GTE will join the high-powered GTI (gasoline direct-injection) and GTD (diesel direct-injection) cars.
The Golf GTE is VW’s second plug-hybrid after the low-volume XL1. Others will follow, including a Passat plug-in hybrid. VW is touting the Golf GTE’s sportiness. The plug-in has the same performance as a Golf GTI and is “both eco-friendly and sporty,” said Hans-Jacob Neusser, VW brand’s r&d head.
Launch date: December (Europe)
Base price: 36,900 euros (Germany)
Where built: Wolfsburg, Germany
Main rivals: Toyota Prius plug-in, Audi A3 Sportback e-tron
Lowest CO2 emissions: 35g/km
VW says the Golf GTE will complement the all-electric e-Golf, which went on sale in February. The e-Golf has a maximum range of 190km so it is more suited to urban driving than long distances, VW says. The Golf GTE costs 2,000 euros more than the 34,900 euro e-Golf in Germany. VW is not disclosing any production or sales forecasts for the Golf GTE.
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Neusser said the car can be built on the same production lines as other Golfs so the company can react very flexibly to demand. IHS Automotive forecasts that VW will sell 24,233 Golf GTEs next year, with volume reaching a peak of 52,356 in 2021. VW says the Golf compact family now has the widest choice of powertrains in the segment with the GTE adding to the gasoline, diesel, CNG and EV versions.