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New petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions of the new Volkswagen Golf have been revealed, with the GTI, GTD and GTE arriving in the UK in the second half of 2020.

The new Volkswagen GTI and GTE produce the same output of 245hp, albeit through different means. The GTI gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, while the GTE combines 1.4-litre petrol engine with 85kW electric motor, and is capable of traveling on battery alone for an official 37 miles courtesy of its 13kWh battery. That’s a big jump from the previous car’s 8.7kWh effort. 

The GTE is set up to start in zero-emissions electric mode when charged, and can run at up to 80mph on the battery alone. It switches to hybrid mode if the battery drops below a pre-set point, which allows the driver to store power for later in a journey if they are due  to end up in an urban location. With the navigation set, the car’s systems will also predictively take into account topographical and road data to ensure some battery charge remains available for later in the journey.

The third member of the trio is the Volkswagen GTD performance diesel, which VW is describing as “highly efficient over long distances”, although no CO2 or economy figures are yet available. 

VW Golf variants

The Volkswagen GTE is powered by a 200hp 2.0-litre diesel TDI engine, and comes with a DSG seven-speed automatic transmission as standard, while the Volkswagen GTI gets a manual with the auto as an option.
The PHEV has a standard six-speed DSG auto. 

Visually, the fastest Golfs also get 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, a rear diffuser, rear spoiler and new bumpers that, optionally, include a five-LED arrangement to create a foglight within the bumper. 

All cars get the new Golf’s multimedia display, combining 10.25-inch digital cockpit and 10.0-inch touchscreen, while enhanced equipment levels over lower models include keyless entry, red brake calipers and stainless steel pedals.

Volkswagen has colour-coded its top models red, silver and blue for the GTI, GTD and GTE respectively, evidenced by a narrow bar across the front grille, digital cockpit graphics and other interior flourishes such as the steering wheel trim. They also get different exhaust treatments – a single pipe on each side for the GTI, double tailpipe on the left for the diesel and no visible exhaust for the plug-in hybrid.