Since debuting in 2015, the VW e-Golf has remained relatively unchanged, save for some tweaks to pricing and features. In 2017, the electric hatchback will undergo its most significant update, which will include a new look, new powertrain, an extended driving range, and more.
While the looks of the new e-Golf will remain essentially the same, there are a handful of stylistic changes that’ll set it apart from the current model. These will include new bumpers, front fenders, and LED headlights and taillights. These changes will not make or break the e-Golf, but they will bring it up to the times stylistically. Inside, the only stylistic change will be new décor and seat trim.
We’ll also see some technological upgrades in the new year. These include a new 9.2-inch optional Discover Pro infotainment system, the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, a configurable home screen, gesture control, and more.
Probably the biggest change to the new e-Golf is its powertrain. Volkswagen will increase its battery capacity from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh in an attempt to hit 124 miles of total range on a charge – an increase of 41 miles.
As for charging, the SE and SEL models will come standard with the 7.2 kW onboard charger – replacing the old 3.6 kW charger on the SE trim – charging will take less than six hours on a traditional charger. The DC Fast Charging – optional on the SE and standard on the SEL – will charge the battery to 80% in an hour.
The juice and charging system aren't all that’ll change. Volkswagen has also bumped its output to 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque – increases of 19 horsepower and 15 pound-feet. This results in a one-second-quicker 0-to-60 sprint, dropping it to 9.6 seconds. Top speed will increase to 93 mph.
Safety will be a top priority for the new e-Golf, as Volkswagen will drop a ton more safety features on the options list. The biggest upgrade is forward collision warning with auto braking and pedestrian monitoring.
Buyers of the SEL Premium trim can add the Driver Assistance Package, which includes the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with auto braking and pedestrian monitor, blind-spot monitoring, lane assist, park assist, and light assist.
Pricing & Release Date
Volkswagen hasn’t announced official pricing for the new e-Golf, but we do expect a moderate price hike over the current model, which ranges from $29,815 to $36,415 (destination fees included).
Volkswagen hasn’t announced when the e-Golf will hit showrooms. Stay tuned for updates.
Pictured: 2017 e-Golf