VW reveals details of range-topping Golf GTI, GTE and GTD
27 February 2020
Author: Illya Verpraet
Volkswagen has released details and images of the three GT models of the Golf. With the classic GTI, the GTE and the GTD, it now has sporty petrol, hybrid and diesel range-toppers.
Details on the GTE plug-in hybrid had been released before, but we were still waiting for the GTD and GTI. The GTD will have a 200hp version of VW's usual 2.0 TDI engine. It has an automatic gearbox as standard and comes only in front-wheel drive.
The GTI features a 245hp 2.0-litre petrol engine with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. With its petrol engine, lower weight, manual gearbox and limited-slip differential, it will be the keen driver's choice.
The GTE, the plug-in hybrid model, will have a 1.4-litre petrol engine, combined with an electric motor and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Thanks to a 13kWh battery, a 37-mile range should be possible.
Visually the three will be very similar, with sporty detailing and a choice of 17, 18 or 19in wheels. One way to distinguish them will be the presence of one tailpipe either side on the GTI, two tailpipes on the left for the GTD, and no visible tailpipes on the GTE. As is traditional on sporty Golfs, the seats can be specified in 'tartan' checked cloth upholstery.
Being the most expensive and fastest models for each powertrain type for the moment, they come with a lot of equipment as standard, such as the digital driver display and 10in infotainment screen. In addition, they get keyless go, climate control, LED lights front and rear and of course, retuned, lower suspension.
Specific information for the UK, as well as prices, CO2 figures and further details have yet to be announced, with the official presentation happening at the Geneva Motor Show.