Sporty Volkswagen Golf GTE gains electric powertrain

Volkswagen has unveiled the Golf GTE, a model it’s billing as a “sporty” plug-in hybrid that will sit alongside the GTI and GTD models.

Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in less less than two weeks, the Golf GTE is powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine, mated to an electric motor and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

At 201 horsepower, the GTE is a little less powerful than the gasoline GTI, but pumps out the same 258 lb.-ft. of torque. In all-electric mode, the GTE’s top speed is 130 km/h, but it can travel up to 50 kilometres. Combined with the gasoline engine, the GTE’s total range is in the neighbourhood of 940 kilometres.

There isn’t that much of a weight penalty, either: the GTE tips the scales at roughly 1,524 kg, while the GTI weighs in at about 1,395 kg. All told, the Golf GTE completes the requisite zero-to-100 km/h sprint in a respectable 7.6 seconds.

Volkswagen says it takes roughly 3.5 hors to recharge the GTE’s battery using a standard household outlet, but that time is cut down to 2.5 hours using a charging unit. Volkswagen hasn’t specified what exactly we can expect in the way of suspension and chassis tweaks, it promises selectable driving models in the name of more lively performance.

We’ll bring you more on the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTE from the Geneva Motor Show when it kicks off on March 4.

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