Plug-in Hybrid Volkswagen Golf Expected in 2015
The next-generation Volkswagen Golf will feature a slew of powertrain options, including a plug-in hybrid version that Auto Express rated 5-stars after briefly driving an early prototype version.
The prototype plug-in hybrid is based on the currently available Golf and not the next-generation vehicle, but its powertrain will be used in the vehicle that is expected to debut in 2015. The prototype plug-in hybrid Golf features a 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged gasoline engine and an 80-kW electric motor.
Volkswagen claims the plug-in hybrid Golf will offer up to 30 miles of electric-only range. Furthermore, VW notes that its plug-in Golf should be rated at approximately 117 MPGe US (based on European test standards) and emits 46 grams per kilometer of CO2.
"On the move, the plug-in Golf is very impressive indeed. Under most driving conditions it’s effectively an electric car—and you really need to press very hard on the throttle for the petrol engine to cut in at all," according to Auto Express. "In town, it’s fast enough for you to breeze through traffic. Plus, the motor is so powerful, the engine is barely used on high-speed roads."
The plug-in hybrid Golf concept is scheduled to be shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this September.
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