UPDATE: Volkswagen has revealed when plug-in hybrid versions of the Golf and Tiguan will arrive in Australia – and it could be within 12 months.
Addressing. wheels, Michal Szaniecki, VW Australia’s head of passenger vehicles, It has confirmed that both plug-in models are planned to be introduced around October 2023.
That time could change, however, if VW chooses to wait for updated versions of both models to be offered. Bigger batteries and longer electric-only driving ranges that could potentially stretch to 100km.
The Mk8 Golf hatchback range is due for a mid-life refresh next year, while an all-new, third-generation Tiguan is expected to arrive in 2024.
“They’re coming,” Szaniecki said when asked about Aussie timing for the Golf and Tiguan plug-ins. “We’re now deciding to bring even better cars to Australia. We’re just balancing the options to make sure we deliver cars with a great driving range for Australia. have been – which is a great market for long range. So we can bring better cars for Tiguan and Golf.
“Timeline? 12 [months] from today.”
Volkswagen doesn’t currently sell any hybrids, plug-in hybrids or fully electric cars in Australia, but there are plenty of electric models headed our way.
ID.3, ID.4 and ID.5 are all slated to arrive in 2023 and before the end of ID. A buzz van – the electric version of the popular Kombi – is also a possibility.
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September 1: Confirmed for Golf and Tiguan PHEVs
Volkswagen Australia has hit the target. Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Golf hatchback and Tiguan mid-size SUV To help bridge the gap between its petrol/diesel vehicles and the upcoming electric cars.
The German brand is stepping up its efforts in electric vehicles having previously resisted bringing its latest drivetrains to Australia. He criticized the previous government’s lack of local fuel standards and a strategy for EVs but has renewed confidence in the progress being made by Labour.
VW Golf GTE and VW Tiguan eHybrid models It will provide an option for buyers who aren’t ready or able to afford a fully electric vehicle, such as the ID.4 and ID.5 SUVs that the company hopes to import from 2023 onwards.
“Our electrification strategy aims to include both EVs and PHEVs – with the fully electric ID.4 and ID.5 confirmed, and the Golf and Tiguan PHEVs firmly on our radar,” Volkswagen Australia’s Spokesman Dan DeGaspri said.
“Volkswagen dealerships have a place for GTI complements for the Golf GTE, for example, and likewise for PHEVs to complement BEVs for customers who may not yet be transitioning to fully electric. Not ready.”
Both models combine a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor and a 13kWh battery. Total output of 180kW and 400Nm. This gives the Golf GTE the same power as the Golf GTI hot hatch.
Each offers an electric-only driving range – up to 62km for the Golf GTE and up to 50km for the Tiguan eHybrid.
An e-mode can be engaged to maintain electric drive only, while also conserving battery power to be used for city driving at the start and end of a journey.
The petrol engine starts automatically for strong acceleration or when the battery life is insufficient to drive the electric motor itself.
Plug-in hybrids’ dual power sources mean their driving range is much greater than the average EV. For example, the Golf GTE has a maximum of 745km based on Europe’s old NEDC fuel cycle.
Recharging the battery Five hours using a conventional power socket, or around 3 hours and 40 minutes with 3.6kW AC charging via a public charger or optional home wall box.
Battery packaging reduces boot space in both vehicles. The Golf GTE’s 273-litre capacity is down from the regular hatch’s 380 litres. The Tiguan’s boot loses around 180 litres, dropping from 615L to 437L (compared to European specs).
A plug-in hybrid drivetrain is already available in Australia, fitted with Cupra Formentor VXe SUV Priced from $60,990.