Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen Unveils New e-Golf With 50 Percent More Range

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German carmaker Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the new e-Golf, which is based on the facelifted seventh-generation Golf hatchback that was revealed in Germany a few days ago.

Powering the new e-Golf is a 35.8kWh lithium-ion battery (an increase of 11.6kWh), that cranks out 134bhp and 290 Nm of torque (an increase of 20bhp and 20Nm).

The new e-Golf is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 9.6 seconds (0.8s faster) and has a top speed of 150km/h 9ip by 10km/h).

The new battery pack allows the new e-Golf to move around for 300 kilometers on a single charge as per New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) tests which VW claims translates to at least 200 kilometers of range in the real world.

The battery pack takes less than six hours to fully charge when using a conventional wall charger with a power rating of 7.2kW. A 40kW fast charger is also available and can charge the batteries up to 80 percent in just one hour.

Design wise, the new e-Golf takes quite a few design cues from its fossil fueled siblings like LED headlamps along with C-shaped LED DRLs on either side of the front bumper.

At the back, the new e-Golf gets a redesigned bumper, LED taillights with a new brake light design and animated indicator lights.

Inside, the new e-Golf gets Volkswagen's 12.3-inch Active Info Display that replaces the traditional instrument cluster.

The 9.2in touchscreen infotainment system features Apple Carplay and Android Auto and comes with gesture control as standard - a first for production EVs.

The infotainment system uses e-Remote technology to enable wireless control of the air conditioning system and the carging of the battery pack.

The new e-Golf will go on sale in Europe in early 2017.

Story first published: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 23:06 [IST]
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