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.