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.