Volkswagen e-Golf facelift launched, more power and range, zero emissions

Shortly after the unveiling of the Golf facelift, Volkswagen went on to premiere the facelift for the full electric e-Golf. It now comes with more power, extended driving range and several first-in-class technologies.

The e-Golf is essentially a Volkswagen Golf MK7 without a combustion engine. Instead, it packs new 35.8 kWh lithium-ion battery powering the electric motor to produce 100 kW (134 hp) and 290 Nm of torque. These figures are good for a 9.4 seconds century sprint and a top speed of 150km/h.

However, don’t get discouraged by the 150km/h top speed because the e-Golf emits zero emissions. On a full charge, the e-Golf boasts a total driving range of 300km, based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), while authorities in the US estimates a 200km “real-world driving range”. When plugged into a 7.2 kW wallbox, the battery gets fully charged in under six hours while a 40 kW CCS charging station can charge the e-Golf to 80 percent capacity in one hour.

Inside, the e-Golf is as high tech as its powertrain. As standard, the e-Golf comes with a 12.3-inch full LCD instrument cluster or Active Info Display (similar to the Passat B8)and a 9.2-inch “Discover Pro” touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control and MirrorLink (AndroidAuto/Appple CarPlay) function. With the “Discover Pro” system, all e-Golfs come with “e-Remote” that enables drivers to remotely start/stop battery charging and activate or set air conditioning.2016 Volkswagen e-Golf Facelift Unveiled

Also included in the mix are new active safety features, such as Traffic Jam Assist (semi-autonomous driving up to 60 km/h), pedestrian monitoring for Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Emergency Assist (automatically stops the car if the driver is unable to control the vehicle).

The e-Golf is undoubtedly the most advanced vehicle in the full-electric compact vehicle segment. While the e-Golf is being assembled in Wolfsburg, we too have a locally-assembled electric vehicle, but it’s nowhere near as advanced.



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