Volkswagen has unveiled its latest Golf Twin Drive plug-in hybrid prototype. This vehicle is a more refined and updated version of the Golf Twin Drive hatchback released in 2008. It has an electric-range of 35 miles and will use a direct-injected 1.4-liter gasoline engine that can achieve 559 miles. The electric traction motor cranks out a reasonable 85 kW (114 horsepower). The motor coupled with the engine allows for a total output of 161-hp.
The Golf Twin Drive will use a single-speed transmission, an electronically actuated “separation” clutch and will be equipped to either a 13.2-kWh or an 11.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack.
The Golf Twin Drive can achieve a top speed of 106 mph and get from 0-62 mph in “under 12 seconds.” When the vehicle is in electric-only mode, it can get up to 75 mph. VW has released a fuel consumption estimate of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers (112 miles per gallon U.S).
Volkswagen is planning to launch the vehicle in 2013 but will immediately release 20 Golf Twin Drives for real-world testing.