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.

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed

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).

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed

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).

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed

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.

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed

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.

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed

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.

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed

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

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed

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

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed

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.

Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed

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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