MUNICH -- Volkswagen is giving its new Golf plug-in hybrid car the GT label it uses for sporty models in a bid to boost the car's appeal.
The 201-hp Golf GTE plug-in hybrid will be the first Golf to carry the GTE badge. It will debut next month at the Geneva auto show.
The GT stands for Grand Tourer and the E for electric. The four-door hatchback will join the high-powered GTI with gasoline direct-injection and GTD with diesel fuel injection Golf variants when it goes on sale in Europe late this year. VW has not said if the car will be sold in the United States.
The GTE is powered by a 148-hp, 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 101-hp electric motor. Its top speed is 130 mph in hybrid mode, and it accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds.
The GTE has an electric-only range of 31 miles along with an overall range of up to 584 miles in hybrid mode. The battery takes 3.5 hours to charge fully from a conventional wall outlet and 2.5 hours using a charging station.
The Golf GTE's electric motor is powered by an 8.8 kWh liquid-cooled lithium ion battery that is charged from a socket behind the VW logo in the grille. The battery weighs 265 pounds, or about 8 percent of the GTE's 3,360-pound curb weight.
VW did not reveal prices for the Golf GTE but German press reports said it likely will start at 36,000 euros ($49,400) in its home market, about the same as a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid.