The e-Golf can now travel 124 miles per charge, up from 83 miles for the current car.
Following on the footsteps of the introduction of the refreshed Golf, Volkswagen is using the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce the updated e-Golf electric car. It’s got more power, a longer driving range, and more equipment.
Significantly, the car’s lithium-ion battery pack grows from 24.2 kilowatt-hours to 35.8 kWh, so the e-Golf’s driving range grows from 83 to 124 miles. With a 7.2-kW on-board charger, VW says the e-Golf can be fully recharged in less than six hours at a Level 2 charging station.
The e-Golf’s electric motor has also been upgraded, and now makes 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque, up from the current model’s 115 hp and 199 lb-ft. VW says that drops the car’s 0-60-mph time by over a second, to 9.6 seconds. Its to speed rises by 6 mph to 93 mph.
As with other versions of the Golf, the 2017 e-Golf receives a visual freshening that includes new fascias and some interior revisions. The head- and taillights are LEDs, and there’s a thin blue grille strip to help denote the e-Golf’s electric powertrain.
Revisions inside include the addition of the new Volkswagen Digital Cockpit 12.3-inch color screen in place of traditional instruments. The 2017 e-Golf can also be equipped with the new Discover Pro infotainment system, a 9.2-inch touchscreen that has gesture controls, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The electric hatchback’s pre-collision warning and braking systems also add pedestrian detection. The new Driver Assistance package for the e-Golf SEL Premium now features the aforementioned Digital Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and self-parking.
The new battery pack helps the 2017 VW e-Golf stack up much more closely with other similarly priced electric cars in terms of driving range. The 2017 Nissan Leaf, for instance, is rated at a 107-mile driving range, and the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is expected to be rated at 124 miles of battery range. But the Chevy Bolt EV should beat all of those, with a 238-mile range on a single charge.
Pricing for the 2017 e-Golf hasn’t been confirmed, but the 2016 model runs from $29,815 to $36,415, before any tax incentives.
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Gallery: 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf: LA 2016
In a world premiere at Automobility LA today, Volkswagen of America, Inc. presented the latest generation of the e-Golf. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 e-Golf offers an improved range, more power and new features.
For 2017, Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The new battery increases the range by about 50 percent, with the aim of a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims, which enables the battery to be fully charged in less than six hours at a traditional charging station. When equipped with DC Fast Charging (optional on SE, standard on SEL Premium), the battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.
The electric motor has been upgraded as well. It now develops 134 horsepower, which is 19 hp more than the first version of the e-Golf. At the same time, the maximum torque of the electric motor has been boosted from 199 pound-feet to 214 lb-ft. The 2017 e-Golf runs zero to 60 mph more than a second faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds, and its top speed increases to 93 mph.
The 2017 e-Golf offers new, high-tech features like the fully digital and interactive Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. With this optional system, all instruments—including specific e-Golf instruments such as the power meter— are virtually implemented on the 12.3-inch color screen. There are different information profiles which change the type of information displayed and the graphics in certain areas. Information can be integrated on driving, navigation and assistance functions and display phone contact images or album cover art.
The available Discover Pro infotainment system trim has a large 9.2-inch glass display with a completely new design. For the first time in a Golf, it is possible to individually configure the home screen. In addition, the innovative gesture control system, first debuted at CES 2015, is planned to become reality in the next two years for the U.S. market. Gesture control works in a wide variety of menus. All it takes is a hand swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items to the left or right, allowing the user to navigate through the main menu, change radio stations, or skip to the next song. The e-Golf continues to offer remote access via the Volkswagen Car-Net app (including battery charging and auxiliary air conditioning), as well as Car-Net App- Connect for compatible smartphones that offers Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM, and MirrorLink® integration and Guide & Inform services.
Volkswagen is also extending the range of driver assistance systems for the e-Golf in the 2017 model year. Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) adds pedestrian monitoring, which will warn the driver acoustically and visually, supply increased braking pressure, and if the driver does not react, apply the brakes in order to help mitigate a collision with a pedestrian as well as other vehicles. An optional Driver Assistance Package for the SEL Premium will include the following features: 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.
The facelifted Golf family debuted in Europe just a week ago, and the 2017 e-Golf introduces those design changes to the U.S. market. The standout exterior changes include new bumpers, front fenders and LED headlights and taillights. In the front, the new bumper integrates the unmistakable C-shaped LED auxiliary Daytime Running Lights and is accented by the traditional blue grille trim strip, which carries into the redesigned headlights. The rear was also designed to be more charismatic. Along with a new bumper, new LED taillights define the design. Inside, new décor and seat trim gives e-Golf a fresh look.