Apart from the world premiere of the Touareg R, Volkswagen is pitting several Golf variants for world debuts at the world’s biggest Motor Show; the Geneva Motor Show.
The three Golf variants on show are the Golf GTI, Golf GTD and Golf GTE. Each of the Golf has a significant milestone; GTI is VW’s sports car icon, the Golf GTD which debut in 1982 makes it the first significant diesel model for compacts, and the GTE was the first Golf with plug-in hybrid, when it debuted in 2014.
The VW Golf GTI is the most recognizable sports compact the world over. Now, in its eighth generation the 245PS/370Nm 2.0-liter turbo Golf GTI has more goodies for its 2020 rendition. The GTI Golf is offered with a manual gearbox or 7-speed dual clutch auto as an option.
Golf GTE and GTD
The plug-in Golf GTE offers 150PS with an additional 115PS from an electric motor. Combined output is 245 PS and torque is maxed out at 400 Nm. Power is transferred to the wheels via a 6-speed DSG gearbox and a new lithium-ion battery. Compared with its predecessor, the all-electric range on the GTE has increased significantly to now around 60 km thanks to a sound aerodynamics setup.
The Golf GTE can be driven at speeds of up to 130 km/h in all-electric mode.
The Golf GTD is a long-distance sports car featuring a 2.0l, four-cylinder TDI power unit with an output of 200 PS and a max torque of 400 Nm. Standard drivetrain include a 7-speed dual clutch auto transmission. Additionally, the drive is connected to two SCR catalytic converters
Familiar Design theme across the board
The three Golfs are based on the 8th generation platform, but there are some subtle highlights at the front-end including lowered LED headlights, narrower edges below bonnet defined for specific variant (Red GTI, GTE Blue and GTD Silver), LED strips, honeycomb air inlet grille at lower bumper and optional integrated foglights.
Inside, VW added a multifunction leather sports steering with an optional integrated Travel Assist switch button to help the cars reach a top speed of 210 km/h. Furthermore, the GTI’s interior has a central spoke in red, the GTE and GTD have blue and silver finishes. Meanwhile, the seats now get a new ‘Scalepaper’.checked design with seams in red for the GTI, blue in the GTE and light grey in the GTD.