Plug-in hybrids are gaining in popularity, with Ford, Toyota and Honda all offering vehicles fitted with the unique powertrains. But while cars like the Fusion Energi, Prius Plug-In and Accord Plug-In boast excellent economy numbers as they match the best assets of electric vehicles with traditional hybrids, they lack the zest and fun that some drivers crave. According to rumors from the UK, though, a fun plug-in could be on the horizon.

Hoping to capitalize on the performance reputation of the GTI, shown above, Volkswagen is reportedly developing a car called the Golf GTE. Power would come from the same powertrain slated for the Audi A3 E-Tron, a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 148 horsepower. Mated to that is a 107-horsepower electric motor, which draws power from an 8.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. A six-speed, dual-clutch transmission would shift 204 total system horsepower to the front wheels, which Autocar claims will allow the GTE to hit 62 miles per hour in 7.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph.

Outside of the unique powertrain, we'd expect the GTE to follow the same formula used for the diesel-powered Golf GTD - that means GTI-sourced bits for the suspension and brakes, as well as sportier interior and exterior treatments.

As is so often the case, it looks like the GTE won't be entering the US market. European buyers, meanwhile, should expect the hybridized GTI to arrive in showrooms late in 2015.


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      AndyL3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally, I hybrid that I would actually buy. Bring it to the USA.
      DrSandman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Living here in Northern VA next to the VW-USA HQ with senior VP's kids going to the same daycare as my children, but seeing the bloodshed from the firings of the top management here... It's a bit tragic. it's no wonder that VW-USA's goals were missed. Zee Germans don't get how us 'Muricans shop for cars: 1) we want to see the cool cars that cost a lot, go really fast, or run on unicorn farts, 2) we check the lint in our pockets, 3) then we go buy the lesser model with blingy wheels and flashy bits on it. They are trying to skip step 1) in the well-established ritual of spending a year's take-home salary on a car.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      A fun to drive plug-in? Color me intrigued.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW... always playing catchup! new tag line for their ads
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      Big enough for a weekend 2 person hunting trip, small enough for city driving. But, will VW fix it's weight distribution on their high performance Golf's. I hate the 90% - 10% weight distribution.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Also, the weight distribution is closer to 60/40.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CoolWaters
        >FWD car >nose heavy youdontsay.jpg Seriously, do you know ANYTHING about cars other than the BS you spew?
      Fazzster
      • 1 Year Ago
      We close our coal power plants, don't want nukes, and poo poo wind farms....Yup, VW got it right, the US power grid can't support plug-ins for the long haul.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fazzster
        If the utilities don't set in and support solar, the homeowner will. Solar prices dropping like an UPSIDE Down Hockey Stick, along with battery prices. - Solar still on schedule to be cheaper then all other energy sources in 5 years 11 months, with no Water Pollution, no ash pits, no mercury pollution in American lakes and stream and no uranium and arsenic released during the mining of coal. - Japan already moving to Solar Homes with Batteries, that can run off grid. Either the utilities get into Solar Installation, management and financing or they die.
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      We don't get the GTD, we don't get the Polo GTI, and now we don't get this. Great. F YOU VW.
        jaxwag3n
        • 1 Year Ago
        @flammablewater
        Yeah but if VW brought this over you'd be complaining about another $40k Golf
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @flammablewater
        You will get the GTD
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is even worse than ABG's usual nonsense. It won't be released straight away in the US, as the Audi PHEV e-tron with the same powertrain is scheduled to be first up, in spring 2015. The E-Golf BEV is also scheduled for the US in 2015, although we have not been given the exact date yet. I would guess it is likely to make its appearance around about the same time as the Audi PHEV However, they are just the leading edge of the more reasonably priced models, and VW have stated that they see PHEV as the more realistic alternative at present to BEV, and what is more they are training their dealers and mechanics throughout the US to support this. So we we expect many more models from VW/Audi, with VW perhaps issuing a saloon alternative to the Audi PHEV first, but there is little doubt that the PHEV Golf will also go to the US, as the Golf is the big selling model. Again at a guess, they might allow 12-15 months after the release of the Audi A3 before releasing the Golf PHEV.
      ROLO
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW same car again.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      It might reach 135mph but it won't maintain it with 148hp…….
        Kronos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Hardly matters, but: the existing Jetta Hybrid has the same ICE and will do 127mph governor limited. Golf VII is lower, more aero.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        It won't be far off for high speed cruising in Germany, and all Golf cars think of that first. A guy on the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV forum was, if not miffed, certainly mentioning that the car is not really cut out for cruising at 200kph. That is around 124mph. This Golf should have no trouble cruising at that sort of speed.
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        And in 99.999% of the time you will be driving, it will be under 100mph.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just get the battery packaging right. I am willing to give up SOME cargo space, but not ALL of the cargo space.
      KAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds cool, waiting for Chris Harris to take one out to the track.
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