Not only has Volkswagen unveiled the all-new GTI, they have also rolled out two more performance variants with the aid of, well, let's just call it alternative propulsion. Aside from the GTI, Volkswagen also introduced the next-generation GTD and GTE. What are they powered by? The clue is in the last letter of the variant.
The GTD is diesel powered whereas the GTE is electrically-assisted. With that, Volkswagen is the only manufacturer to offer a performance derivative of a hatchback in three different powertrains.
Starting with the GTD, it is powered by a tuned version of the standard 2.0-liter TDI mill. Whereas the regular Golf TDI puts out 150 PS, the GTD adds another 50 PS for a total of 200 PS. Being a diesel, it has torque down low at the rev range as it puts out 400 Nm worth of pulling power. While it's down by 45 PS from the GTI, it's got 30 Nm more than its gas-fed counterpart.
Unlike the GTI however, there is no manual transmission option for the GTD. The lone transmission choice is a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Volkswagen says that the GTD isn't just sporty, but can also cover long distances thanks to the efficient nature of diesel engines.
Moving to the GTE, Volkswagen touts it as a performance plug-in hybrid. Power is sourced from a 1.4-liter turbocharged mill that's paired to an 85 kW electric motor. The engine alone produces 150 PS but thanks to the electric motor, the total combined output is rated at 245 PS, the same as the GTI. Torque, on the other hand, is at 400 Nm, which puts it right on par with the GTD.
With the GTE, you get GTI power and GTD torque to go along with it. Not only that, Volkswagen says that you can drive the GTE on pure electric power for up to 130 km/h, assuming there's more than enough charge in the battery. Like the GTD, the lone transmission choice is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Both the GTE and GTD get cosmetic enhancements similar to the GTI, save for a few differences. For instance, the GTD gets a gray strip on the grille while the GTE has it in blue. All three also differ in tail pipe arrangement. The GTI has dual split exhausts, the GTD a dual exit exhaust, and the GTE has hidden exhaust pipes.