Volkswagen has unveiled their new 2015 Golf GTE plug-in hybrid ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Based on the popular 2015 VW Golf GTI and GTD models, the new GTE turns the sporty hatchback into a plug-in hybrid that can travel up to 31 miles in full electric mode.
The Golf GTE is powered by a 1.4L gas engine and an electric motor that generate a combined 201 horsepower and 258 lb-ft. of torque. An 8.8 kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery gives the Golf GTE an electric driving range of 31 miles, and it can also reach speeds up to 81 mph in EV mode. VW estimates that on the European cycle the Golf GTE will have a combined rating of 157 mpg. Using a conventional household wall outlet, the Golf GTE’s battery can be recharged in 3.5 hours, while using a public charging station will drop that time to 2.5 hours.
Compared to the rest of the Golf lineup, the Golf GTE looks nearly identical. The GTE combines the sporty styling of the GTI and the all-electric e-Golf. Volkswagen has not released any of the pricing details or which markets it will be available in. Volkswagen has announced that it is working on a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for the Golf.