Official: VW Golf GTE plugs in the GTI for guilt-free fun

Filed under: Hybrid, Performance, Geneva Motor Show, Europe, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Electric

VW Golf GTE

It used to be that if you wanted a Golf-based hot hatch, you only had to know three letters: GTI. But these days, Volkswagen seems intent on offering a much broader array. There’s the Golf R, the GTD and now this, the GTE. Set to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show (now less than two weeks away), the new Golf GTE joins as the fifth type of propulsion to be offered in the Golf line – alongside its gasoline, diesel, CNG and full electric counterparts.

The E, as you might have guessed, hints at “electric,” but the Golf GTE isn’t a full EV: it’s a plug-in hybrid. It marries a 1.4-liter turbo four with 148 horsepower to an electric motor with an additional 101 hp that combine to give it a peak output of 201 hp and an impressive 258 pound-feet of torque. It can travel at up to 81 mph on electric power alone, but with both motors engaged, it’ll hit 62 miles per hour from a standstill in 7.6 seconds and top out at 135 mph.

Shifting is handled by a specially developed six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which integrates the electric motor that’s powered by a 8.8-kWh lithium-ion battery that weighs 265 pounds and can be charged through a socket in the radiator grille that’s accented blue where the GTI’s is red. 16-inch wheels come standard, but 17- and 18-inch alloys will further fill the wheel arches and complement the aero kit that borrows elements from both the GTI and the e-Golf. Inside you’ll find tartan upholstery similar to the GTI and GTD, but like the grille, it’s accented in blue. There you’ll also find the 6.5-inch touchscreen displays data like driving range and energy flow.

There’s more to see in the high-res image gallery above and to digest in the press release below, and we’ll have live impressions from the show floor in Switzerland. But from what we’ve seen so far, the idea of a GTI that would keep us – or at least the European versions of ourselves – on the road and away from the pumps sounds like a winning combination. Sadly, VW tells us it has exactly zero plans to bring the GTE to our shores.

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