VW Golf GTI to pack mild hybrid power

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Words: Nile Bijoux
10 Jan 2020

Volkswagen launched its eighth generation of Golf last year and as per the norm, those after a top performance are left waiting. Now a new report is claiming to have insider details on the output figures of the upcoming Golf GTI, which will allegedly feature a mild hybrid powertrain.

The leak, from Car Magazine, claims there will be two trims of GTI on offer. The first, simply called GTI, will use a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid system making 173kW. Buyers will be able to have it with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Car reckons on a 0-100km/h time of 6.1 seconds, helped by better aerodynamics and a lower weight.

Those after a bit more grunt can turn to the GTI Cup, which bumps output to 213kW/370Nm. It’ll come with more aero goodies, a lower ride height, fatter wheels and bigger brakes, along with a differential lock to aid front-end grip. The same transmission options apply.

Finally, if you can wait a bit longer, the Golf R will return with 245kW/400Nm thanks to a further fettled mild hybrid 2.0-litre four-pot. It will only come with the seven-speed dual-clutch, sending power to all four corners. Expect a 0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds, Car claims.

If green creds are more your thing, the cooking Golf will arrive with five hybrid powertrains. Three, dubbed eTSI, use 48-volt mild hybrid systems to generate 81kW, 96kW and 110kW while two plug-in hybrids offer either 150kW or 180kW in GTE trim. The PHEVs use a 13kWh battery to “enable long, electrically powered ranges and temporarily turns the Golf into a zero-emission vehicle.” Apparently, the plug-in Golfs will have an electric range of up to 75km.

There will also be two tunes of a 1.0-litre turbo triple petrol engine, making 66kW and 81kW, as well as two versions of a 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder offering 85kW and 110kW. The diesel-fueled, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine comes in versions producing 85kW and 110kW. Exactly what the mix is going to be for New Zealand remains to be seen. But we’d expect all three performance variants to be available.

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