Volkswagen brought to Geneva “charged” carsMarch 3, 2020
The German automaker immediately presented 4 “charged” models, as well as the new generation Volkswagen Caddy as part of an online presentation in Geneva.
As expected, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI did not receive a dramatic change in design; instead, it chose a more subtle approach to display its high-performance basics. The front end is dominated by the design of the lower grill in the form of honeycombs, which features built-in X-shaped foglights. Standard LED headlights are combined with a thin LED strip with another color strip extending across the cult hatchback of the brand – red for GTI, blue for GTE and silver for GTD.
Golf GTI received a set of new 17-inch Richmond rims as standard, and Volkswagen will offer 18- and 19-inch wheels as an option, and the brake calipers are made in classic red. The side skirts became wider and got a black finish.
The new Golf GTI, GTE and GTD are also distinguished by exhaust: the GTI has one tip in each corner, the GTD gets a double pipe on the left, and the hybrid GTE with plug-in completely hides its exhaust.
Volkswagen has not published any performance indicators at this time and has not mentioned anything about the TCR variant, which is expected to offer 292 hp. from the same engine.
The Golf GTD received a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that develops 197 hp. and torque of 400 Nm. The powertrain is only offered in conjunction with a dual-clutch gearbox and has two SCR catalytic converters with dual-injection AdBlue.
Golf GTE gets 60 km of electric mileage with more torque than the GTI, and can accelerate in EV mode to a speed of 130 km / h. The plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golf GTE uses a combination of a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 147 hp. and electric motor with 112 hp Together they produce 242 hp. and 400 Nm. Six-speed DSG is the only transmission option, while the lithium-ion battery has increased in size compared to its predecessor by 50% to 13 kW / h.
The new Volkswagen Touareg R received a hybrid powerplant with a plug-in module that delivers 456 hp. and can travel up to 50 km exclusively on electric traction. Performance indicators have not yet been officially confirmed, but it is expected that acceleration to 100 km / h at the flagship SUV will take about 5.0 s and a top speed of about 250 km / h.
The Touareg R is the first PHEV with the R nameplate to be launched by Volkswagen, which is why it is important for a German brand seeking to fully electrify its lineup. It is also the first all-wheel drive hybrid released by the company.
The battery has a capacity of 14.1 kW / h and is built into the compartment under the boot floor. This helps to create a variable torque that can be distributed in the ratio of 70:30 or 20:80. The maximum speed in EV mode is 140 km / h.
As for the all-new Volkswagen Caddy, its presentation took place at the end of February in Germany. The commercial model is built on the MQB modular platform and will be presented in the passenger and passenger versions. The latter, by the way, has a 7-seat layout. Externally, the new Caddy has a modified lower grille on the front bumper, which received a design in the form of bee honeycombs. Also striking are the horizontal LED daytime running lights, visually combined through a chrome line. Aft will be longer lights, the blocks of which almost reach the roof.
The dimensions of the model have grown significantly – the length is from 4 408 mm to 4 501 mm. However, the height decreased by 25 mm. At the same time, the volume of the luggage compartment even increased due to the increased distance between the wheel arches.
The movement will be driven by new engines of 1.5 and 2.0 liters. The first, bi-fuel, produces 116 hp. power, while the second, running on heavy fuel, received varying degrees of boost – 75, 102 and 122 hp
Volkswagen also announced that ID.4 will be the first electric car from the ID family to hit the US market. It will be manufactured and sold in Europe, China and the USA. Like ID.3, ID.4 will rely on a very flexible modular platform (MEB).
The detailed information about ID.4 is currently a bit sparse, but VW has confirmed that it will be available in both rear and all-wheel drive versions, with rear-wheel drive being the first to go on sale. For a low center of gravity and a well-balanced weight distribution, the ID.4 high-voltage battery will be located in the center of its bottom.
As for the interior, the electric crossover will have a fully digital cabin, “controlled mainly by touch surfaces and intelligent, intuitive voice control.” The German brand noted that ID.4 will receive a range of up to 805 kilometers, depending on the configuration.
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