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Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid revealed before its debut

Snapshot: Volkswagen has revealed the first pictures of its Golf GTE plugin hybrid, just ahead of the upcoming Geneva Motor Show

Volkswagen has revealed the first official glimpse of its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

GTE provides the fifth variety of drive type for the Golf, which is now available with petrol, diesel, natural gas electric and hybrid power. The name- Golf GTE reflects its position in the line-up alongside the iconic petrol-powered GTI and the diesel GTD. Where ‘GT’ stands for ‘Gran Tourismo’, ‘I’ stands for ‘Injection’, ‘D’ for Diesel and ‘E’ for Electricity.

The car claims to combine the dynamics of the petrol GTI with the cleanliness of electric propulsion. Driven by- a 1.4-litre 150 PS TSI direct-injection petrol engine and a 102 PS electric motor, in combined outputs a good 204 ps. The unit is mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox with a triple-clutch system specially developed for hybrid vehicles.

With a total range of 930kilometres, the car can go about 60 kilometres even in electric-only mode.The GTE can sprint from zero to 100kmph in just 7.6 seconds and on to a 220kmph top speed. While using the electric motor alone, the GTE can do a decent 130kmph. Alongside this impressive performance, the car offers impressive fuel efficiency, with a combined cycle figure of 60kmpl and CO2 emissions of 35 g/km.

Visually, the Golf GTE combines elements of the look of the e-Golf and the GTI. The front bumper features C-shaped LED daytime running lights, like the e-Golf, as well as aerodynamic horizontal fins, like those on the GTI. Where the GTI features red, the GTE has blue accents, including across the radiator grille and into the headlights. The headlights, along with all lights on the GTE, are LED. In the UK, 18-inch ‘Serron’ alloy wheels will be standard. The Golf GTE is available in five-door bodystyle only.

Inside as on the outside, the Golf GTE features blue highlights where the GTI has red. This includes stitching on the steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and seats, and a blue stripe in the tartan pattern on the sports seats. The 8-inch Discover Pro satellite navigation system with DAB radio and Bluetooth is standard, and includes bespoke functions for electric vehicles, including the ability to identify potential destinations on electric range, and electric charging points.

The GTE will be available to order in late August, in Europe and launch dates in India have not been announced yet.

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