Volkswagen announces plug-in hybrid variant of Golf VII

For the first time in its prolific history, the Golf is about to get a plug-in hybrid variant. The seventh generation of the popular German hatchback is also set to receive an electric variant that goes by the name of e-Golf, a model which we already talked about last week. Getting back to the plug-in hybrid variant, it shares the same hybrid setup with the recently announced Audi A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid. It has a 1.4-liter TFSI with 150 HP (110 kW) combined with an electric motor generating 102 HP (75 kW), as well as a six-speed e-S tronic dual-clutch gearbox. The hardware allows the car to provide a combined output of 204 HP (150 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

Volkswagen says the car will be capable of performing the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) sprint in 7.6 seconds. It should be able to return 156.5 mpg US (188 mpg UK or 1.5 liters / 100 km), while CO2 emissions will stand at just 35 g/km. The driver will be able to use the car in electric mode for 50 km (31 miles), with a top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph).

Note: Standard 2013 Volkswagen Golf VII pictured


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