Previously, Volkswagen was expected to launch its Golf PHEV in 2014, but has reportedly brought the date forward to next year. The VW Golf Mk7 Plug-In Hybrid will have a 148-horspower, 1.4 liter gasoline engine, and a 100-horsepower electric motor. Together they will be capable of a staggering 188 miles per gallon (by European testing standards).
Additionally, the new Golf will be able to shoot from 0 to 60 mph in around 7.5 seconds, which is almost the same as the Audi A3 E-tron. Indeed, the car wil have the same powertrain as the Audi A3 E-tron PHEV.
The Golf Mk7 will be able to travel 31 miles in electric-only mode, with the gasoline engine taking over after that. Like the American Chevy Volt, the dual engine set-up means there is no battery ‘range anxiety’ for the driver. Having said that, 31 miles is more than the average distance most people drive in one day.
The Golf Mk7 is expected to be revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.