VW has unveiled its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid in Geneva.
Volkswagen has introduced the Golf GTE, a sporty plug-in hybrid version of the popular hatchback, at the Geneva Motor Show.
Following in the footstep's of Golf's other GT models, the GTI and GTD, the GTE will offers hot hatch performance, but with much improved fuel economy. VW says the GTE will return a combined rating of 157mpg.
In order to achieve that kind of efficiency, the GTE pairs a 148 horsepower 1.4L TSI gas engine with a 101 horsepower electric motor. However, since the gas engine and electric motor reach their peak power at different speeds, the GTE's stated combined rating is just 201 horsepower. Max torque is 258 lb-ft.
An 8.8 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery provides the GTE with an all-electric range of 31mph. The Golf GTE can hit a top speed of 81mph in EV mode.
Riding on VW's new MQB architecture, the Golf GTE tips the scales at a light 3,360lbs. Without much weight to haul around, the GTE can sprint from 0-62 in 7.6 seconds and hit an autobahn-ready 135mph.
The Golf GTE will take about 3.5 hours to fully charge via a conventional wall outlet; a wallbox or public charging station will drop that time to 2.5 hours.
On the styling front, the Golf GTE is essentially a mix between the GTI and the all-electric e-Golf. However, in places where the GTI features red accents, the GTE uses blue. That blue color scheme continues throughout the GTE's interior.
VW has not released pricing information or an on sale date for the Golf GTE.