VW unveils improved 2017 e-Golf at 2016 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on November 21, 2016

Presenting a redesigned version of the Golf was not the only highlight in Volkswagen’s display during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The brand also brought out an improved version of the e-Golf electric car that not only delivers more power but offers a longer range and shows more equipment inside.

A big improvement is the lithium-ion battery pack that now has a power of 35.8 kWh, a large increase compared to the 24.2 kWh from the previous version. With this amount of power, the e-Golf now has total range of 124 miles compared to the previous model’s 83 miles. In addition, there is now an on-board charger of 7.2 kW and through a Level 2 charging station, it allows the e-Golf to have a full recharge in barely 6 hours.

It is not only the battery pack that was improved as the brand also made changes to the electric motor. In the current model, the motor offers an output of 115 hp and peak torque of 199 lb.-ft. However for the 2017 e-Golf, the upgraded electric motor now delivers 134 hp and maximum torque of 214 lb.-ft. As a result, maximum speed is now 93 mph, an increase of 6 mph. Acceleration is better as well with a 0 to 60 mph run, possible in 9.6 seconds.

The new battery pack does not only improve the driving range of the 2017 e-Golf but makes it comparable as well to the other electric cars in the same price range. For example, the 2017 Nissan Leaf has a driving range of 107 miles with Hyundai Ioniq Electric projected to have driving range of 124 miles. Still it would be difficult to beat the Chevy Bolt EV which, on a single battery charge, can go as far as 238 miles.

In terms of design, the brand made sure to give the 2017 VW e-Golf some changes much like other variants of the Golf. Firstly, it has a new fascia. Both the taillights and headlights now make use of LEDs. To show that it indeed has an electric powertrain, there is a thin blue strip in the grille.

The interior has some revisions as well and are not limited to the design. For example, the 2017 VW e-Golf now has the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit which has a color screen with a 12.3-inch display. Connectivity to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is guaranteed. Other features include the 9.2-inch touchscreen that allows for gesture controls and the Discover Pro infotainment system.

For safety features, there is the pedestrian detection in addition to the braking system and pre-collision warning system. The brand will be offering for the e-Golf SEL Premium a Driver Assistance package which includes the previously mentioned Digital Cockpit and the adaptive cruise control. The package also has the pre-collision braking, forward collision warning, self-parking, lane-keep assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

Though the brand has yet to release to official figures for the 2017 e-Golf, the 2016 model is priced from a low of $29,815 to a high of $36,415, and this is before any tax incentives are placed.

Press Release


In a world premiere at Automobility LA today, Volkswagen of America, Inc. presented the latest generation of the e-Golf. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 e-Golf offers an improved range, more power and new features.

For 2017, Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The new battery increases the range by about 50 percent, with the aim of a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims, which enables the battery to be fully charged in less than six hours at a traditional charging station. When equipped with DC Fast Charging (optional on SE, standard on SEL Premium), the battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.

The electric motor has been upgraded as well. It now develops 134 horsepower, which is 19 hp more than the first version of the e-Golf. At the same time, the maximum torque of the electric motor has been boosted from 199 pound-feet to 214 lb-ft. The 2017 e-Golf runs zero to 60 mph more than a second faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds, and its top speed increases to 93 mph.

The 2017 e-Golf offers new, high-tech features like the fully digital and interactive Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. With this optional system, all instruments—including specific e-Golf instruments such as the power meter— are virtually implemented on the 12.3-inch color screen. There are different information profiles which change the type of information displayed and the graphics in certain areas. Information can be integrated on driving, navigation and assistance functions and display phone contact images or album cover art.

The available Discover Pro infotainment system trim has a large 9.2-inch glass display with a completely new design. For the first time in a Golf, it is possible to individually configure the home screen. In addition, the innovative gesture control system, first debuted at CES 2015, is planned to become reality in the next two years for the U.S. market. Gesture control works in a wide variety of menus. All it takes is a hand swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items to the left or right, allowing the user to navigate through the main menu, change radio stations, or skip to the next song. The e-Golf continues to offer remote access via the Volkswagen Car-Net app (including battery charging and auxiliary air conditioning), as well as Car-Net App- Connect for compatible smartphones that offers Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM, and MirrorLink® integration and Guide & Inform services.

Volkswagen is also extending the range of driver assistance systems for the e-Golf in the 2017 model year. Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) adds pedestrian monitoring, which will warn the driver acoustically and visually, supply increased braking pressure, and if the driver does not react, apply the brakes in order to help mitigate a collision with a pedestrian as well as other vehicles. An optional Driver Assistance Package for the SEL Premium will include the following features: Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor Plus, Lane Assist, Park Assist and Light Assist.

The facelifted Golf family debuted in Europe just a week ago, and the 2017 e-Golf introduces those design changes to the U.S. market. The standout exterior changes include new bumpers, front fenders and LED headlights and taillights. In the front, the new bumper integrates the unmistakable C-shaped LED auxiliary Daytime Running Lights and is accented by the traditional blue grille trim strip, which carries into the redesigned headlights. The rear was also designed to be more charismatic. Along with a ne

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