2017 Volkswagen e-Golf packs more power and better range image

The German automaker recently updated the Golf model roster to 2017 model year facelift specifications, but intentionally left out the e-Golf for a single presentation.

Now the all-electric e-Golf is here, with the automaker also taking the wraps off a roster of technical updates alongside the new visual cues. Most importantly, the e-Golf can now go for 124 miles (199 km) on a single charge – which is the same range displayed by a recent competitor – the Hyundai Ioniq EV. It’s also way up from the current model’s credential of 83 miles – or 133 km. On display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the e-Golf also comes with more power and more equipment.

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For starters, the longer range is enabled by the surge of the lithium-ion battery pack rom 24.2 kilowatt-hours to 35.8 kWh, so with the 7.2-kW on-board charger, VW says the e-Golf can be fully recharged in under ix hours at a Level 2 charging station. The electric motor now displays 34 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque, compared to 115 hp and 199 lb-ft before – the sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) now takes over a second less at 9.6 seconds while the maximum speed surges by 6 mph to 93 mph (150 km/h).

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Just like all the other Golfs, the e-Golf also gets a visual update with new fascia and interior tweaks: the lights are all LED, and there’s now a thin blue grille strip. Inside users can find the new Volkswagen Digital Cockpit 12.3-inch display and the 2017 e-Golf can also get the new Discover Pro infotainment system, a 9.2-inch touchscreen with gesture controls and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

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There’s a new Driver Assistance package for the e-Golf SEL Premium that gets the Digital Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and self-parking. In addition, all models get pre-collision warning and braking systems with pedestrian detection.