October is the month that Volkswagen will finally introduce the next generation of the iconic Golf hatchback, and these spy shots show that the electric GTE is probably not too far behind. With a fully electric ID.3, which debuts next week in Frankfurt as a replacement electric Golf prototype that you see here will be the most eco-friendly version of the German model.
We have suggested that this is a hybrid and not just a regular prototype? On the front wing driver side obviously is a cover that hides the charging port, which moved from under the front of the label, as in actual Golf GTE. However, the product looks about the same as the normal model, although we expect a slightly different front bumper and the radiator grill GTE. The current version of the hybrid Golf also has a set of distinctive C-shaped led DRL, but it is still unknown whether or not such a feature of his successor.
On one of the images we can look inside the cab where you can see the top half of the digital dash. “Tidy” the basic model has already been fully disclosed several months ago, so what we see now is hardly a surprise. While the appearance will be the evolution, in the cabin of Golf will be a revolution thanks to a completely redesigned dashboard with fewer traditional controls.
It is too early to talk about the technical characteristics, but experts believe that the Golf will get a moderately-hybrid 48-volt system paired with conventional petrol engines of 1.0 and 1.5 TSI TSI, and with the new 1.5-litre diesel engine and the updated 2.0 TD. In addition, 1.5-liter engine that runs on compressed natural gas, which will be marked TGI Evo.
VW has already announced that the GTI and R will be the best dogs in the Golf range, which means that GTE is unlikely to have a powerful capacity increase, as it will lead to collision of hot hatches . The current model combines a 1.4-liter TSI engine with an electric motor for a total power of 201 HP (150 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft), which allows speeds from 100 to 100 mph in 7.6 seconds. maximum speed 138 mph (222 km / h).
A couple of years ago, Volkswagen introduced a more powerful version with the engine at 268 HP and 450 Nm, but it was a single prototype, prepared for the event W?rthersee 2017. A slight decrease in power, may want on the agenda, and it is possible that the battery is larger than the set capacity of 8.7 kW in the current Golf GTE will exceed 50 kilometers on electric, as currently proposed.
Perhaps the German automaker will be kind enough to shed some more details on GTE at the premiere of a standard Golf next month. Just have to wait.