Volkswagen revealed itsbarely one week ago, when the embattled German automaker left out one key model in its bid to boost its eco credentials after the Dieselgate debacle: the e-Golf. It's rectifying that omission today with the reveal of an updated all-electric model here at the . Like its mainstream fossil-fueled counterparts, the 2017 e-Golf is being treated to a wheelbarrow-worth of new cabin and safety tech, and its powertrain is getting a substantial overhaul, too.
The 2017 VW e-Golf's headline number is "50," as in, "50 percent more range." The 2017 model's lithium-ion pack is much larger -- 35.8 kWh versus the old model's 24.2 -- giving a cruising range of up to 124 miles per charge, a big improvement over the old model's 83-mile figure. That's enough to put the VW out in front of rivals like theand , but well shy of Chevrolet's new , which is rated at a whopping 238 miles on the EPA cycle. A 7.2-kW onboard charger is now standard across e-Golf SE and SEL Premium trims.
The upgrades aren't just about range -- power is also up meaningfully for the 2017 e-Golf, with 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque comparing favorably against last year's 115 hp and 199 pound-feet. That extra gumption allows the e-Golf to run to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds -- more than a second quicker than before -- and top speed has been let out to a (still-modest) 93 mph.
A new optional Digital Cockpit system brings impressively sized screens into the cabin, with a 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment display and a 12.3-inch digital in-cluster display that recalls the Virtual Cockpit system found in newer Audi models. There's even gesture control, just like in the. In addition, a bounty of available advanced driver-assist safety features are on offer, including forward collision warning with auto-brake and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, blind-spot assist and so on.
All-in, this appears to be a substantial and comprehensive upgrade for the electrified version of VW's high-volume global hatchback. No word yet on pricing or on-sale date, but this story will be updated as Roadshow learns more.