VOLKSWAGEN GTE REVEALED
Volkswagen has revealed a new variant in its growing Golf range, unveiling the first-ever ‘GTE’ model today.
Powered by a petrol-electric system, the GTE is officially a plug-in hybrid. Its debut makes it the fifth powertrain type in the Golf range, joining existing petrol, diesel, gas and full-electric models. (The latter two are not offered in Australia.)
As a ‘GT’ model, the GTE wears a sports styling pack, and packs an almost hot-hatch punch to go with it.
Motivation in the new GTE is provided by a turbocharged and direct-injected 110kW 1.4 litre petrol engine, matched to a 75kW electric motor integrated into the housing of the six-speed DSG auto.
The GTE is also endowed with the usual range of handling tricks to justify its looks - and that badge - but it’s the green-motoring image that takes the lead with this new model.
As a plug-in hybrid, the Golf GTE is capable of running on electric power only, with a range of around 50km available when set in electric mode.
Overall range, when run in combined petrol-electric plug-in hybrid mode, is rated at around 940 kilometres.
In the same mode, Volkswagen claims fuel consumption figures as low as 1.8 l/100km - compared to 4.2 l/100km for the GTD and 6.6 l/100km for the GTI.
Other features include a driving range monitor (essentially a ‘distance to empty’ display), and an e-manager system that displays powertrain details and ‘zero emission’ data.
Volkswagen has yet to reveal launch details for the GTE, but this is not one we expect to see in Australia.