With new regulations of emissions coming into play, global automakers including Volkswagen are inclined to optimize engine performance. Similarly, the new 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid is targeted to make the most out of the automaker’s technologies.
Apart from powertrain improvements, this new Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid is improving in safety and styling as well.
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid – Design
2018 Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid is expected to bring few minor changes to the exterior styling including updates lights (both front and rear). The wheels might get new aluminum alloy treatments and size options might include 17 and 18 inches.
In the front fascia, the upper grille’s blue-lit e-Design lining with a “GTE” badge will be retained. Down below, LED daytime running lights with a ‘C’ design cover up the entire front bumper. This refreshed front fascia marks a great prominence of the Plug-In Hybrid technology.
This new Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid’s innovative interior cabin abounds with sporty accents. Premium styling is done with ornamental stitching on the seats, steering wheel and floor mats. This contrast stitching is done on the gearshift lever as well.
Adding further sophistication is the LED ambient lighting and illuminated door sills that come as standard. Other than this, all seats are heavily bolstered and feature independent reclining. Volkswagen may provide heating options as standard.
The makers will use a 1.8 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine for this 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid. This engine has a direct fuel injection and is capable of churning out 115 HP of power and 110 lb-ft of torque. An electric motor backs this engine with a power rating of 101 HP and a torque of 220 lb-ft. Altogether, the final (combined) outputs will go as 230 HP and 310 lb-ft.
The motor uses a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery which is mounted under the seats. This battery pack requires 3 hours and 45 minutes for charging from domestic mains and 2 hours/15 minutes from fast charge mains. This efficient battery is capable of delivering an all-electric drive range of 50 km (31 miles). Volkswagen is likely to include regenerative mode in this vehicle.
Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid will offer 5 different driving modes viz. GTE, Battery Charge, Battery Hold, Hybrid Auto and E-mode.
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid integrates carbon fiber to improve on fuel economy by shedding weight. With the benefit of the 4WD’s neutral behavior, combined mileage rating could stay around 58 km/l (163 mpg) and carbon emission could check at 40g/km.
Price and Availability
Speculations suggest that this 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-In Hybrid will cost more than $37,000. Reports confirm that Volkswagen is soon going to make official announcements for this model and may come out during the last quarters of 2017.