Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new 2017 e-Golf at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Though we've already seen the new e-Golf in conventional and plug-in hybrid (GTE) form, this is the first time we've laid eyes on the new pure electric version.

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

First up for the e-Golf and, as expected, battery capacity increases from 24 kWh in the current e-Golf to 35.8 kWh in the new 2017 model. There's also been some gains on the efficiency side as well.

All this translate to a significant range upgrade over the 83-mile EPA rating of the current e-Golf. The 2017 version will boast range of 300 kilometers or more, according to VW. That's 300 km NEDC of course, but it's still way higher than the e-Golf's current 190 km NEDC rating.

Look for EPA range to move up from 83 miles to 124 miles. That's more than the Nissan LEAF (107 miles), near identical to the upcoming Hyundai IONIQ (rated at 124 miles), but still far less than the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt.

"Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The new battery increases the range by about 50 percent, with the aim of a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge."

Additionally, motor horsepower increases from 115 hp to 134 hp and torque is now 214 pound-feet. So, the new Golf will be a bit peppier:

"The 2017 e-Golf runs zero to 60 mph more than a second faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds, and its top speed increases to 93 mph."

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Some other highlights include:

  • 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims
  • New infotainment options: 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment screen and Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with interactive instruments
  • New Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring driver assistance system
  • Upgraded Driver Assistance Package now includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor Plus with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) and High
  • Beam Control (Light Assist)
  • Redesigned front and rear ends upgraded with full-LED headlights and taillights
Sales of the new e-Golf will commence early next year in the U.S., as retail production of the new 35.8 kWh battery packs start in December in Germany.  Update:  The longer range e-Golf has also been confirmed for a Canadian release in 2017.

The 2017 e-Golf will eventually be sold nationwide, according to Volkswagen. Pricing information is expected to be released closer to the vehicle's on-sale date.

Press blast below:

2017 E-GOLF MAKES AUTO SHOW DEBUT AT AUTOMOBILITY LA

Nov 17, 2016

Next-generation e-Golf offers improved driving range and new technology throughout

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

2017 Volkswagen e-Golf

Increased battery capacity offers potential for 50 percent improved driving range Power and torque are boosted to 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet New infotainment options: 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment screen and Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with interactive instruments New Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring driver assistance system Upgraded Driver Assistance Package now includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor Plus with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) and High Beam Control (Light Assist) Redesigned front and rear ends upgraded with full-LED headlights and taillights

Los Angeles, CA — In a world premiere at Automobility LA today, Volkswagen of America, Inc. presented the latest generation of the e-Golf. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 e-Golf offers an improved range, more power and new features.

For 2017, Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The new battery increases the range by about 50 percent, with the aim of a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims, which enables the battery to be fully charged in less than six hours at a traditional charging station. When equipped with DC Fast Charging (optional on SE, standard on SEL Premium), the battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.

The electric motor has been upgraded as well. It now develops 134 horsepower, which is 19 hp more than the first version of the e-Golf. At the same time, the maximum torque of the electric motor has been boosted from 199 pound-feet to 214 lb-ft. The 2017 e-Golf runs zero to 60 mph more than a second faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds, and its top speed increases to 93 mph.

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch Concept (with 300 km/186 miles range NEDC) earlier debuted in Paris in September

Volkswagen e-Golf Touch Concept (with 300 km/186 miles range NEDC) earlier debuted in Paris in September

The 2017 e-Golf offers new, high-tech features like the fully digital and interactive Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. With this optional system, all instruments—including specific e-Golf instruments such as the power meter—are virtually implemented on the 12.3-inch color screen. There are different information profiles which change the type of information displayed and the graphics in certain areas. Information can be integrated on driving, navigation and assistance functions and display phone contact images or album cover art.

The available Discover Pro infotainment system trim has a large 9.2-inch glass display with a completely new design. For the first time in a Golf, it is possible to individually configure the home screen. In addition, the innovative gesture control system, first debuted at CES 2015, is planned to become reality in the next two years for the U.S. market. Gesture control works in a wide variety of menus. All it takes is a hand swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items to the left or right, allowing the user to navigate through the main menu, change radio stations, or skip to the next song. The e-Golf continues to offer remote access via the Volkswagen Car-Net app (including battery charging and auxiliary air conditioning), as well as Car-Net App-Connect for compatible smartphones that offers Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink® integration and Guide & Inform services.

Volkswagen is also extending the range of driver assistance systems for the e-Golf in the 2017 model year. Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) adds pedestrian monitoring, which will warn the driver acoustically and visually, supply increased braking pressure, and if the driver does not react, apply the brakes in order to help mitigate a collision with a pedestrian as well as other vehicles. An optional Driver Assistance Package for the SEL Premium will include the following features: Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor Plus, Lane Assist, Park Assist and Light Assist.

The facelifted Golf family debuted in Europe just a week ago, and the 2017 e-Golf introduces those design changes to the U.S. market. The standout exterior changes include new bumpers, front fenders and LED headlights and taillights. In the front, the new bumper integrates the unmistakable C-shaped LED auxiliary Daytime Running Lights and is accented by the traditional blue grille trim strip, which carries into the redesigned headlights. The rear was also designed to be more charismatic. Along with a new bumper, new LED taillights define the design. Inside, new décor and seat trim gives e-Golf a fresh look.