Just The Facts: Volkswagen Golf GTE
The Volkswagen Golf GTE is the latest plug-in hybrid car to hit the market. In Germany, it’s priced at 36,900 Euros ($48,390 USD).
Just like the e-Golf, the GTE (GT Electric) looks almost like the regular internal combustion engine version of the Golf..
In optimistic (NEDC) conditions, Golf GTE should be able to drive 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode using its 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Here are ten key facts on the Golf GTE presented by Volkswagen:
1. The Golf GTE can cover up to 50 km in all-electric driving; its total range is around 940 km.
2. 1.5 l/100 km and 11.4 kWh/100 km average fuel consumption (NEDC*) equates to CO2 emissions of 35 g/km.
3. With the GTE, the Golf becomes the world’s first car to offer all relevant types of drive systems.
4. The new Golf GTE combines zero-emission driving and long distance cruising in one car
5. The turbocharged direct-injection engine (TSI) develops 110 kW / 150 PS and the electric motor up to 75 kW / 102 PS.
6. The plug-in hybrid has a system power of 150 kW / 204 PS; its maximum torque is 350 Nm.
7. The GTE is the third GT of the model series after the Golf icons GTI and GTD; it has the same sporty DNA.
8. The new Golf GTE has a top speed of 222 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds.
9. Standard GTE features include LED headlights and the “Composition Media” radio system with a 6.5-inch display.
10. The Golf GTE will be launched on initial markets at the end of this year. The price in Germany: € 36,900.”
“The new Golf GTE, one of the most innovative compact models of our time, is being launched: it is sporty like the legendary Golf GTI and Golf GTD, yet it can be driven with zero emissions at the press of a button like the all-electric e-Golf. The design, GT equipment features and agile character of the Golf GTE were adapted directly from the Golf GTI and GTD and were transferred to the world of electrified drive concepts. Supplying the propulsive power in the Golf GTE are a 110 kW / 150 PS turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (1.4 TSI) and an electric motor with a power output of 75 kW / 102 PS. These two power sources combine to form a drive unit that offers both sustainability and dynamic performance in tandem with a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) that was specially developed for hybrid models. System power: 150 kW / 204 PS. Essentially, two drive systems are at the heart of the new GTE: one that transforms it into a dynamic GTI/GTD and another that transforms it into a quiet zero-emission car like the e-Golf.”
“Exceptionally efficient. The Golf GTE has an average fuel consumption of 1.5 l/100 km petrol (equates to 35 g/km CO2) and 11.4 kWh/100 km electricity (NEDC rating for hybrid vehicles). The maximum all-electric driving range is 50 km, and the total range is around 940 km.
E-mode – zero emissions at the push of a button. Those who primarily drive short trips can theoretically drive all the time in “E-mode” (activated by pushbutton) and thereby with zero emissions. In the evening, the driver can simply charge the high-voltage battery from a conventional domestic mains socket (three hours and 45 minutes until 100 per cent charge capacity is reached). If the battery is “refuelled” from a wall box (for garage or carport) or a public charging station, it takes just 2 hours and 15 minutes to reach a 100 per cent charge. Electrifying: even on longer trips, thanks to the intelligent control features of the Golf GTE, the driver can ensure that enough electricity is reserved for the end of the trip to drive exclusively with the zero emission electric motor – e.g. in an urban area destination. So the Golf GTE is a dynamic yet extremely fuel-efficient all-round car for long trips, and it can also be used as a zero emission vehicle.”
“GTE mode – sporty car at the push of a button. The car’s sustainable properties contrast with its high level of driving performance, which lives up to the GT model designation (Gran Turismo). When the full power of the TSI is used in GTE mode (button activated), the Golf GTE sprints to 60 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds; and it can continue to accelerate up to 222 km/h. However, “Vmax” is of secondary importance; what is of special interest is the way in which the petrol engine and electric motor combine to produce such impressive propulsive force in the Golf GTE thanks to a maximum torque of 350 Nm. When the drive source is just the electric motor, the Golf GTE has a top speed of 130 km/h.”
Equipment features and interior
“GTE equipment features. The new Golf GTE is comprehensively equipped and very sporty. Standard exterior features include LED headlights and LED daytime running lights (the latter with a C-shaped light signature in the independently styled bumper), dark red LED rear lights and 16-inch alloy wheels (optional wheels up to 18-inch). The red stripe on the radiator grille and headlights that is typical of the Golf GTI is designed in blue on the Golf GTE. Standard interior details include GTI style sport seats (GTE: blue checked design on seat and backrest surfaces), multifunction sport steering wheel, headliner and side trim in black, high-end Composition Media infotainment system with 6.5-inch display, blue ambient lighting, mobile online services, “GTE mode” with e-boost and electronic engine sound, stainless steel pedal caps and contrasting blue stitching on the seats, steering wheel and gear knob. In Germany, the Golf GTE will cost € 36,900 with this extensive range of standard features.”
“Unique range of drive systems. Volkswagen is the world’s first carmaker to offer all currently relevant types of drive systems in a single model series. That is because when the Golf GTE makes its debut, Golf buyers will be able to choose from petrol, diesel, natural gas, electric and plug-in hybrid drive systems. When it comes to hybrid drives, the Golf GTE is now the third hybrid model in the Volkswagen line-up after the Touareg Hybrid and Jetta Hybrid. The fourth hybrid will be the Passat (saloon and estate), in which Volkswagen will be implementing a plug-in hybrid powertrain which is similar to that in the Golf GTE.”