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Volkswagen Polo GTE: Plug-in Hybrid Hot Hatch Could Launch in 2015

As the 2014 Polo, we have gathered additional information about the future lineup of supermini Volkswagens. The German automaker will introduce a natural gas powered Polo at the end of the year, followed in 2015 by its first plug-in hybrid of a city-friendly size. It could be badged as the "GTE", the third model of a hot hatch family to include a new GTI with a bigger 1.8-liter engine and an all-wheel drive Polo R model.
2015 Polo GTE 1 photo
Volkswagen group has started development of plug-in hybrid cars with the A3 e-tron premium compact and wants to have more electric mobility vehicles than any other automaker. Adding that tech to the Polo is going to be difficult, since the car is not based on the MQB platform, but the older PQ25.

A liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery will be fitted under the rear seats and in the place of the spae wheel, providing about 8 kWh of juice on a charge. Adding about 120 kilograms to the weight of the car might affect its driver dynamics, but the extra punch of the electric motor will make this an excellent sprinter.

Speaking of power, the electric motor will have the same 60 kW / 82 PS as it does in the e-Up!. It will be accompanied by a yet unknown TSI turbo with capacity somewhere between 1.0 and 1.4 liters to provide a total output of 160 PS. 0 to 100 km/h in 8 seconds will be accompanied by claimed fuel economy figures in the region of 2 l/100km.

Price? That's yet to be deiced, but it will be at least as expensive as a Polo GTI. Many European governments will compensate by offering electric car grants, but this by no means be a mass-market Volks Wagen.

Rendering by X-Tomi Design


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