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Volkswagen is reportedly planning to build on its GTI hot-hatch origins with a new futuristic plug-in hybrid performance variant dubbed the Golf GTE.

UK publication Autocar reports the German brand is planning to develop the new Golf GTE model using the same powerplant as is seen in sister brand Audi’s A3 e-tron. That car features a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque that is teamed to an electric motor producing 75kW and 330Nm.

The motor is housed within the six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and the hybrid system uses an 8.8kWh battery pack which can be recharged in 2.5 hours to provide up to 50km range in EV-only mode. Fuel use is claimedat 1.5L/100km.

In terms of go-fast performance, the A3 e-tron boasts a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of 130km/h using pure electricity.

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The car is expected to borrow other hardware – such as suspension and brakes – from the petrol-powered GTI model, as is the case with the diesel-powered Golf GTD. Other tweaks would include revised interior and exterior styling.

The GTE is expected to be on the market in Europe by the end of 2015. Volkswagen Australia told CarAdvice it is too early to say whether any such GTE variant – should one come to fruition – would be considered for local launch.




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