Volkswagen has merged the styling of three years worth of concepts to craft a new petrol-electric monster for this week’s Woerthersee event in Austria.
The new GTE Sport concept ties together the highly stylised and low-slung look of the earlier Design Vision GTI and Vision GTI Supersport concepts, with the narrow snout and slender headlight design of the XL1 and XL Sport cars.
The carmaker has yet to confirm if this latest concept’s styling is a hint at things to come, although it says the GTE Sport offers a view of “how the Golf GT models could develop in future”.
Designed with a liberal use of carbon fibre in its construction, the GTE Sport is powered by a petrol-electric system that matches the Polo R WRC’s 1.6 litre turbo engine with a pair of electric motors.
One of the electric units is mounted inside the concept’s six-speed DSG auto, while the other is positioned at the rear to give the concept an electric-assisted all-wheel-drive configuration.
On its own, the 1.6 engine delivers 220kW and 400Nm, while the electric motors add a further 85kW each. The front unit adds 330Nm to the party, while the rear motor hands out 270Nm.
Volkswagen says the system’s combined numbers come in at 295kW and 670Nm and, although only a digital concept for now, a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds is claimed.
As a plug-in hybrid, the GTE Sport also boasts ultra-low fuel consumption figures, coming in at just 2.0 l/100km on Europe’s NEDC test cycle for PHEVs.
Likewise, an all-electric driving range of around 50 kilometres is also claimed.
It remains to be seen if this concept previews any sort of future production model, although Volkswagen has already launched a new Golf GTE hatch that partners a 110kW 1.4 litre petrol engine with a 75kW electric motor.
The GTE is not expected to come to Australia in its curent form, although we can likely expect Volkswagen to expand its plug-in hybrid project into more markets over the years ahead.
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