Golf GTE Prototype

Golf GTE Prototype

The upcoming VW Golf GTE plug-in hybrid is being pushed by Volkswagen as the sporty electric alternative to the automaker's GTI.

Golf GTE Prototype Interior

Golf GTE Prototype Interior

Fittingly, it's been given a name that follows in VW's tradition of GT + some other letter.

GTE, which stands for GT Electric, features a 148 hp 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a 107 hp electric motor.  That's a lot of grunt for the compact plug-in hybrid hatchback.

Here's a look at the specs:

  • 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
Impressed?

The question that remains is related to price.  Will VW price the GTE to sell?

Now that we know that the GTE is being compared to the GTI, we perhaps can zone in on price.  The VW GTI starts at a reasonable $25,000 in the US.  A loaded GTI just barely cracks past $30,000.  We suspect that VW will price the GTE above the GTI, but by how much?

We're thinking a low to mid $30,000 price tag is reasonable.  Would you be on board at that price?

Source: Autocar