The Volkswagen Golf GTE is a new plug-in hybrid version of the Golf hatchback.
The Golf GTE has a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor. Together, they combine to produce power of 204 PS and a theoretical range of around 580 miles.
Using the electric motor alone, the GTE is capable of speeds of up to 81 mph. With the TSI engine as well, the Golf GTE can sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds and on to 135 mph.
The Golf GTE is expected to have a combined cycle figure of 188 mpg and CO2 emissions of 35g/km. In pure electric mode, the Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles. The electric power can also be saved for later if required.
The 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged in around three and a half hours from a domestic mains outlet, or two and a half hours from a domestic wallbox. The battery weighs 120kg, giving the GTE a total kerb weight of 1,520 kg.
The GTE uses a six-speed DSG gearbox with a triple-clutch system specially developed for hybrid vehicles. The electric motor is integrated into the gearbox housing.
The Golf GTE is due to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It provides the fifth variety of drive type for the Golf, which is now available with petrol, diesel, natural gas (not in the UK), electric and hybrid power.
Full details including pricing will be available when the new Golf GTE opens for ordering in the UK in late August. First deliveries are expected before the end of the year.
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