Volkswagen Golf Plug-In Hybrid Golf To Launch in 2014

By · February 27, 2013

Electric Golf

Production and sales of the upcoming pure electric Golf are likely to be eclipsed by a plug-in hybrid version, due in 2014.

We learned in early January that Volkswagen has plans to introduce at least nine different plug-in models, based on a slide presented to a small group of journalists at the company's Electronics Research Laboratory in Belmont, California. Now, as next week's Geneva Motor Show approaches, VW is making more prominent announcements about upcoming vehicles, especially plug-in hybrids.

On Monday, we previewed the near production-ready version of the Audi A3 e-tron. Last week, we reported on the 261-mpg XL1 plug-in hybrid intended as lease-only vehicle for Germany and Austria. But the car that perhaps deserves more attention as a mainstream vehicle is the 2014 Volkswagen Golf Plug-In Hybrid.

The powertrain employed in the Golf Plug-In Hybrid, the same as what's found in the A3 e-tron, features a 148-horsepower 1.4-litre TFSI gasoline engine and a 100-hp (75 kW) electric motor. Total torque comes in around 256 pound-feet. Top speed is listed at 138 miles per hour and the 0 to 60 mph sprint is accomplished in 7.6 seconds. According to the official EU test cycle, which is more lenient than EPA testing, the Golf returns 188 mpg (European cycle) and emits CO2 at a rate of 35g/km.

The plug-in Golf features a six-speed e-S Tronic transmission and is designed to operate three ways: solely on gas, in electric-only mode, or a combination of both. Electric-only range is listed around 30 miles miles, again as determined by EU testing methodologies, which is probably optimistic. Top speed in all-electric mode is around 80 mph.

The plug-in hybrid Golf is a more important a vehicle than the A3 e-tron for two reasons: it will be more affordable and it will offer more overall driving range. There's no word on pricing at this time, but according to the VW presentation in January, the vehicle will launch in 2014. It's still too early to tell, but based on the number of stories issued by VW so far in 2013, the company is getting ready to enter the electric vehicle space in earnest.

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