Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid Station Wagon Spotted In California

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 9

VW Golf GTE Wagon

VW Golf GTE Wagon – Image Credit Golf GTE Forum

Golf GTE SportWagen

Golf GTE SportWagen – Image Credit Golf GTE Forum

“Seen near San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco—could we in the US be getting a GTE wagon!?!?”

Asks Golf GTE forum user VR6ftw.

This is the never-before-seen station wagon version of the Volkswagen Golf GTE.

Officially, VW insists that the Golf GTE won’t be sold in the US, so why’s this wagon version here on US soil?

As we adamantly stated in the past, the VW Golf GTE is coming to the US, despite what VW tries to make us believe.

Maybe…just maybe Volkswagen wasn’t telling a fib when it stated that the Golf GTE won’t be sold in the US.  It could be the case that VW doesn’t offer the Golf GTE in the US and instead offers only the Golf GTE SportWagen variant.

The all-new 2015 Golf SportWagen launches in the US in Q1 2015.  We suspect this PHEV version will follow later in 2015.  The question now is will the US get both the Golf GTE and the Golf GTE SportWagen?  We sure hope so.

Basic Golf GTE Specs/Details:

The sporty PHEV Golf GTE (GT Electric) features a 148 hp 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a 107 hp electric motor.

  • 0 to 60 mph: 7.6 seconds
  • Electric-only range: 31 miles (NEDC – about 20 miles on the US EPA)
  • 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • Top speed in electric mode: 81 mph
  • Top speed: 135 mph
  • Total range: 600 miles
  • Recharging time of 2 hours 240-volt 16-amp

Source: Golf GTE Forum via HybridCars

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9 responses to "Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid Station Wagon Spotted In California"

  1. davemart says:

    It makes sense for VW to go with the SportsWagen first, as they are releasing the Audi A3 PHEV in the US, and the E-Golf, so delaying the regular Golf PHEV in what is, after all, a small market, is reasonable.

    1. offib says:

      I’ve absoloutely forgotten about Audi! They’ve been talking and going back on their word.

    2. offib says:

      I’ve absoloutely forgotten about Audi! They’ve been talking and going back on their word. I’ve become used to it and started not to take them seriously anymore. But anyway, your observaion seems pretty reasonable.

  2. LEAFER says:

    Are you kidding ? Audi is the world leader in EV and PHEV press release cars!!!

    1. davemart says:

      They sure have faffed and flanneled around.
      Some here asserted that the VW group would never actually produce an EV or a PHEV.
      Well, they have, and they are on sale now in Europe, and selling very nicely.

      The group has not spent several billion on all new battery and PHEV compatible platforms not to release any.

      In spite of the conflicting messages from their PR department it has been obvious for a very long time that they were going electric in a big way, and the Audi A3 PHEV will arrive just like the E-Golf and E-Up, whatever some may claim.

  3. Alaa says:

    It still has an ICE! Tesla will have a 4WD early 2015 and these VW boys still have ICEs!

    1. davemart says:

      Yep.
      If you have $80 or so behind the back of the sofa, rush out and buy one.

      A lot more people will be able to consider a Golf or Audi PHEV,

      1. davemart says:

        S/be $80k, not $80, unfortunately! 😉

  4. A3 eTron says:

    I thought the eGolf was canceled/not coming to US because the price was too high for what Americans consider “cheap VW hatchbacks”. Additionally, also because the A3 eTron was coming to market and would be an easier sell at the higher price.

    I would certainly like either/all to come to market. It would be fantastic if the Sportwagen had a larger battery pack.