Today Volkswagen officially debuted its 2017 e-Golf at the LA Auto Show. The premiere features slightly refreshed look and interior, as well as completely new battery pack and more capable drive unit. Read further for the details.
35.8 kWh capacity of e-Golf’s new battery pack increased the car’s range to 124 miles (200 km) on a single charge, that seems like enough for a regular city commutes. Moreover, it is better than the 2017 Nissan Leaf (107 miles with 30 kWh) and BMW i3 (114 miles with 33 kWh), though a bit less than the new generation’s Renault Zoe (approx. 190 miles in a real traffic).
However, VW had also improved the powertrain performance. Electric motor develops 134 hp and has increased torque, making a 0-60 mph acceleration almost a second faster – now it takes only 9.6 sec. e-Golf’s top speed jumped to 93 mph (150 km/h).
EV has the 7.2 kWh onboard charger as a standard equipment, though the DC fast charging is optional. Additionally, e-Golf will suggest a variety of optional driver assist features like 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.
A second generation VW e-Golf is expected to come to dealerships in Germany this December already and than hit a ZEV mandate states of USA a bit later. Pricing details would be unveiled closer to the market introduction, though the automaker promises the price level to stay at the pretty much the same value.