Volkswagen has up to date its sole all-electric U.S. mannequin for the 2017 mannequin yr, bumping the battery dimension from 24.2 kWh to 35.Eight kWh. That now yields an EPA-estimated vary of 125 miles, up entrance 83 miles. The wee EV now churns out 124 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. Wolfsburg’s electrical hatch has additionally acquired styling updates for the 2017 mannequin yr, together with an up to date entrance fascia and inside trim. The refreshed EV arrives right into a barely extra crowded (however nonetheless sparse) section than when it first debuted.
The place does the up to date e-Golf land on the subject of value? The worth-flavored e-Golf SE begins at $31,315 (earlier than a $7,500 federal credit score and some other native incentives) which features a 7.2 kWh on-board charger, an Eight-inch infotainment display screen, LED taillights, cruise management and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A DC Quick Charging pack could be added for an extra $955.
Subsequent up on the worth ladder is the e-Golf Restricted Version, which begins at $34,615 and contains all the usual options of the bottom mannequin along with DC Quick Charging functionality, Park Distance Management (ParkPilot) and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces.
The highest mannequin within the three-tier vary is the e-Golf SEL Premium. It begins at $37,815 and presents an elective Driver Help pack for $1,395, which features a 12.Three-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit instrument cluster, ahead collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping help, a blind-spot monitor, rear site visitors alert and adaptive cruise management.
VW added new exterior colours and revised inside trim for the 2017 mannequin yr as nicely.
It stays to be seen if the e-Golf can seize a major share of a section now full of opponents providing a lot better vary. It actually would not assist issues that the Tesla Mannequin Three — but to hit peak manufacturing and saddled with a large backlog of orders — begins on the similar approximate value level of the midgrade e-Golf Restricted Version whereas providing a 220-mile vary. The disparity of those specs will not be misplaced on EV customers, although it is prudent to level out nearer e-Golf competitor is the (150-mile-ranged, for now) Nissan Leaf on the subject of packaging.
Assistance is on the best way as VW will get prepared to supply its ID vary of electrics, that are nonetheless just a few years out. Within the meantime, the e-Golf has the unenviable place of being a placeholder.