LOS ANGELES -- Volkswagen of America plans a freshened e-Golf electric car with a bigger battery and 50 percent more driving range.
The 2017 e-Golf receives a new 36 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, compared to 24 kWh in the outgoing model. The bigger battery boosts driving range to up to 124 miles on a charge, compared to 83 miles on the 2016 model. An upgraded EV motor boosts power to 134 hp and 214 lbs.-ft. of torque compared to 115 hp and 199 lbs.-ft. for the 2016 model.
Other upgrades include a new optional 9.2-inch touch screen, Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster and driver-assist systems.
It was introduced Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
U.S. sales of the e-Golf, VW's first battery-electric vehicle, totaled 3,189 units through Oct., a 1.2 percent gain from the prior-year period.
VW revealed the e-Golf to foreshadow the company's plan to launch 30 VW Group EVs by 2025, as part of a plan to pivot from diesel emissions violations that have dogged the company for 15 months now.
The first of those new EVs will arrive in 2020 with a Golf-sized electric vehicle with more than 300 miles of range for a price close to a Golf diesel. VW previewed the next-generation EV with the I.D. concept at the Paris auto show in September.