VW Golf GTE Golf GTI in Green with plug

Golf GTI in Green with plug

VW Golf skips when the simple hybrid drive and offers the compact future on the same as a plug-in hybrid model. The fuel saving is not playing at GTE but the sole leading role, he will also be a green jester.

After the classic GTI and GTD VW Diesel - athletes shall now also a golf on GTE. He shall lift with plug-in hybrid drive and socket connection the advantages of his conventionally powered relatives to a new level, combining sporty performance with low consumption. On the market of 150 kW/240 hp eco-GT comes in the fall, but he celebrates premiere at the Geneva Salon ( 6 to 16 March ).

Unlike most other producers VW skips to the GTE the usual intermediate step of first offer a conventional hybrid model. The amounts provoked mainly by Toyota to perfection technology was never at the Wolfsburg in high demand, but instead the company had announced several years ago to see the future of the plug-in hybrid drive - at least until such time as well as pure electric cars suitable for everyday use ranges offer.

So now the GTE from conception closer to the electric car than a conventional hybrid. He draws his full potential only in battery mode: Pure Electric, around 50 km ride be possible before the engine switches on or the Gulf must be connected to the power outlet. On the standard distance of 100 kilometers will be needed so only 1.5 liters of petrol. The power consumption, however, is not taken into account, whereby the value with that of a conventional vehicle is very difficult to compare.

But saving is not the only goal of the GTE. Much like its name suggests, is the plug-in hybrid also be a GT - so a fast and sporty touring car. That's why you have elected quite potent engines for the Nitro and the electric motor. As a petrol engine, a 1.4 - liter turbo engine with 110 kW/150 hp is used, which is housed in the housing of the six-speed dual-clutch transmission electric motor comes on at least 75 kW/102 hp and allows for purely electric driving a top speed of 130 km / h ( total 217 km / h ). Working both engines together, GTE has a system output of 150 kW/204 hp and a maximum torque of 350 Nm. The conventional GTI is hardly strong ( in the basic version 162 kW/220 hp, 350 Nm ), but with 6.5 seconds a second off the pace on 100

© VWStilistisch the GTE is based on GTI   Its proximity to the GTI shows the GTE also externally. Where the sports classic draws a red ribbon through the grille and headlights, it is the plug-in a blue. Similarities also show the side blades in the lower bumper, side sills and roof spoiler. Inside, there is checkered seats with blue pinstripes, the GTI they are red.

Prices not yet called VW. However, the high level of equipment with LED headlights, automatic climate control and touch-screen operation has already indicated that the GTE probably not a particularly good model.