VW has announced that its next generation Golf Plug-in Hybrid will get a release date for 2015. Though it would take 3 more years, the prototype plug-in hybrid will be based on the currently available Golf and not the next-generation vehicle.
Combining a 1.4 liter twin-charger Stratification Injection (TSI) engine with an 80 kilowatt electric motor, the VW Golf Plug-in Hybrid will be built upon the MQB platform which VW unveiled earlier this month.
Part of the credit for its impressive fuel economy lies in the TSI engine, which can run on just one or two cylinders when power demands are low, allowing the VW Golf Plug-in Hybrid to run on a low-power mode if most of the power needs are met by its electric motor.
The new MQB platform will also allow designers to mount the battery and electric motor in a way that doesn’t encroach on passenger or luggage space. The motor is so powerful; the engine is barely used on high-speed roads.
Designed to accommodate both a large battery pack and an electric motor without compromising in-car space, the new platform will form the basis of plug-in and non-plug-in VW Golf VII models and associated cars like the Audi A3.
VW says the Golf will have an electric-only range of around 30 miles and should be able to return 141mpg with overall CO2 emissions as low as 46g/km. At the heart of this will be an eight-inch touch screen display which VW has likened to Apple’s iPad.
According to VW, it expects the 2015 Golf VII Plug-in Hybrid to cost around the same as the new VW Golf GTi. The plug-in hybrid Golf concept is scheduled to be shown at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this September.