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DailyTech – VW Announces Plug-in Hybrid Golf GTE, Can Travel 31 Miles on Battery Power

Volkswagen is doing quite a bit to expand its family of “hot hatches” on the market. The garden variety Golf spawned the original GTI decades ago, and still lives on to this day. In recent years, the GTI has even gained a diesel variant called the GTD.

Today, the GTI will be joined by yet another variant: the plug-in hybrid electric GTE. German automakers are drawn to complexity for some reason, and the GTE is no exception. The GTE makes use of a turbocharged 1.4-liter TSI engine (whereas most hybrids try to stick with a simple, naturally-aspirated gasoline engine) that pumps out 148hp. A 101hp electric motor pushes total system power to 201hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

Adding to the complexity is VAG’s six-speed, dual-clutch transmission (most other hybrids use a CVT or a modified automatic transmission to keep things simple).



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