2014 Geneva Motor Show LIVE: Volkswagen Golf GTE image

The eco friendly version of the Golf line, the plug-in hybrid GTE model has made its official public debut during this year’s Geneva auto show. It’s main advantage – the 31 mile / 50 km electric range.

The expansion of the coveted Golf line is a never-ending affair for Volkswagen, which aims to offer a version suited to any wish a customer could have. The most recent is for the environmentally conscious, adding a plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric derivative.

The powertrain uses a 4-cylinder 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged gasoline engine with an output of 148 bhp (110 kW), mated to an electric motor of 101 bhp (75 kW) – offering a combined power of 204 hp (150 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.

With the plug-in scenario, Volkswagen says the GTE model has a fuel consumption of just 1.5 liters/100 km (130 mpg), with CO2 emissions of just 35 g/km and an overall driving range of 940 km (584 miles).

In electric only mode, the GTE can travel up to 50 km (31 miles), reaching an impressive top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph). If you use it in the regular hybrid mode, it delivers performance close to the GTI level, with 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 217 km/h (135 mph).