Volkswagen has introduced the Golf Mk7 plug-in hybrid that’s set to go on sale in 2014. It is powered by the same drivetrain used on the Audi A3 e-tron. It is equipped with a 148bhp 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine mated to a 100bhp electric motor to achieve a combined output of 256lb ft of torque. It can reach a top speed of 138mph top speed and it can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.6sec.
The official EU test cycle indicates that the Golf is capable of returning 188mpg and of emitting 35g/km of CO2.
MQB platform was designed to feature a modular rear structure into several various drive systems that could be accommodated in the same space. These include all-wheel drive, natural gas tanks and the hybrid variant’s battery packs.
A petrol engine and an electric motor with a six-speed e-S Tronic transmission comprise the hybrid transmission. The Golf can operate on just petrol, only electric, or with the two motors combined.
‘Boosting’ refers to the latter model. Notably, the drivetrain can enter the fuel-saving ‘coasting’ mode when the both motors are shut down. The Golf in pure electric mode is capable of going 31 miles and has a top speed of 81 mph.
Officially unveiled in Berlin, the new Golf from Volkswagen comes 36 years after the release of the original model. When that first model was released, it redefined what a small family car is. With at least 29 million units sold, this will be the seventh generation of the Golf and makes use of the success of the previous models. Under this new model, customers should expect new levels for the segment when it comes to comfort, efficiency, practicality, and safety.
In terms of dimension, the new Golf is longer by 56 mm than the previous model at 4,255 mm. Wheelbase is longer as well by 59 mm at 2.637 mm. This model is also wider by 13 mm at 1,799. However, it is lower compared to its predecessor with total height of 1,452 mm, a reduction of 28 mm. This combination results in the new model having Cd of 0.27, an improvement of 10%.
In addition, the brand put the front wheels forward by 43mm, thus giving it more space for the interior. Volkswagen revealed that in developing the new Golf, it used what is known as the Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) platform or the Modular Transverse Matrix. What this does is to standardize a number of vehicle component parameters not only across the brands but even across vehicle classes.
Because of this, access to new technologies and powertrains are guaranteed. The same is true for innovations when it comes to infotainment and safety. Access to these features has often been limited to models from higher segments. It is clear that the new Golf has more innovative technologies inside it compared to previous versions. The available room for the passengers is larger as well.
However despite this, the use of new production methods allowed the Golf Mk VII to be lighter by 100 kg compared to the model it is replacing. This also means that it is more efficient by 23%. The new Golf is also safer and this is not only due to having a body structure that is stronger, which is lighter by 23 kg. There is, of course, the standard, as well as the optional, active and passive safety systems.