Golf GTE Prototype

Golf GTE Prototype

Volkswagen has officially announced that the plug-in hybrid Golf will be called the Golf GTE.

According to the automaker, the VW Golf GTE will launch in Europe in the second half of 2014, which means it's less than a year away from hitting dealerships.

Volkswagen adds that the Golf GTE will feature a 150 hp 1.4-liter gas engine, along with a 109 hp electric motor.  Performance is expected to match the Golf GTI.

Golf GTE Prototype

Golf GTE Prototype

The German automaker lists some tentative specs for the Golf GTE:

  • 0 to 60 mph: 7.6 seconds
  • Electric-only range: 31 miles (NEDC)
  • 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

Golf GTE Interior

Golf GTE Interior

Details on the Golf GTE are scarce at this time.  However, we do know that it's expected to be priced at ~£30,000 in the UK (converts to nearly $50,000 USD).

The Golf GTE will make its way to the US in either late 2014 or early 2015.  There's no word on US pricing at this time.

Golf GTE Prototype Dash Display

Golf GTE Prototype Dash Display

Source: Automobilwoche via Ecomento