Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress USA, Volkswagen | posted November 21, 2016 10:32
2017 Volkswagen e-Golf EV introduced with improved powetrain
Volkswagen's all-electric hatchback gets a host of powertrain improvements for 2017 after the automaker launched the updated e-Golf at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show. According to the Volkswagen the 2017 e-Golf has better range, along with more power on tap.
For starters, it now has a new lithium-ion battery with a bigger capacity of 35.8 kWh (previous one had 24.2 kWh). This allowed the 2017 e-Golf to increase its range by up to 50-percent, or about 199 km. The on-board charging system is now rated at 7.2 kW and is standard across the range. With it, the 2017 e-Golf can be fully charged in just six hours. On the other hand, if one opts for the faster DC Fast Charging system, the e-Golf can be charged up to 80-percent in just one hour.
As mentioned earlier, the electric motor now produces more power at 136 PS, 19 PS more than the pre-updated model. On the other hand, torque is now at 290 Nm, an improvement over the previous offering's 270 Nm. With it, the 2017 e-Golf is able to sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in 9.6 seconds before hitting a top speed of 150 km/h.
Over to aesthetics, the 2017 e-Golf conforms with the recently launched 2017 Golf. It gets new front and rear bumpers, tweaked LED headlights and taillights, eye-catching C-shaped LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and is topped off with the signature blue-trim grill specific only to the e-Golf.
In terms of in-car features, the 2017 e-Golf can now be specified with a new entertainment system. Much like the recently launched 2017 Golf, the updated e-Golf can be equipped with a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument panel, along with the 9.2-inch Discover Pro touchscreen infotainment. It comes standard with new tech like gesture control, Volkswagen Car-Net app (for auxiliary aircon control and battery charging), smartphone mirroring, Apple CarPlay, Anrdoid Auto and navigation as such.
For safety, the 2017 e-Golf can be had with the following: forward collision warning with automous emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, park assist and light assist.