VW reportedly plans to launch two plug-in hybrid variants of next-gen Golf
According to a recent Autocar magazine report, German automaker Volkswagen (VW) intends launching two plug-in hybrid versions of its next-generation Golf. The automaker, however, does not plan to launch a fully electric version for the next-generation Golf because of its forthcoming new ID.3 electric car.
The report about Volkswagen’s apparent plans to offer the next-gen Golf in two plug-in hybrid versions is based on the information shared by Frank Welsch, a Volkswagen board member for research and development.
Welsch told Autocar that one plug-in hybrid variant of the next-gen Golf will be targeted at customers who want to own a standard plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV), while the other variant will be targeted at customers who want to buy a performance-focused plug-in hybrid.
Going by the details revealed by Welsch, the system power of Volkswagen’s next-gen Golf GTE with 180 kW will comparatively be much more than the preceding model. Moreover, Volkswagen will also offer a PHEV variant with 150 kW power, but not under the GTE label. Welsch further added that the GTE model will be sold with either 201bhp or 241bhp.
A prototype of the new Volkswagen Golf GTE model has already been spotted and photographed while undertaking test drives. With the prototype featuring a charging port built into its front wing, it is being projected that the vehicle is Volkswagen’s flagship PHEV model.