The updated Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is still high on the company's wishlist for Australia, but we shouldn't expect to see it here before 2018 - if it's confirmed for our market at all.
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Speaking with CarAdvice this week, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Australia, Paul Pottinger, confirmed the local arm is still working on bringing the sporty plug-in hybrid EV hatch Down Under.

"Volkswagen Australia is very keen on this car and they are working hard on a 2018 introduction," he said.

Der neue Volkswagen Golf GTE

Already on sale in markets like Europe and the UK, the Golf GTE combines the company's familiar 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 75kW/330Nm electric motor which is fed by a series of lithium-ion batteries stored underneath the boot floor.

Combined outputs are 150kW and 350Nm, while drive is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.

On pure-electric power, the Golf GTE can drive for up to 50km on a single charge, at speeds of up to 130km/h. Regenerative braking slowly charges the batteries when on the move. Claimed fuel consumption is just 1.5L/100km on the claimed European combined cycle.

In terms of its performance, 0-100km/h takes 7.6 seconds - largely due to the extra heft of the battery packs which make the hybrid 270kg heavier than the GTI.

Der neue Volkswagen Golf GTE

Unique features other than the plug-in hybrid system include special C-shaped LED daytime-running lights on the lower front bumper, blue highlights and badging, along with blue tartan cloth seats - as opposed to the traditional red ones from its GTI sibling.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Golf GTE updates in the coming months.

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If it comes to Australia, will the Golf GTE be on your shopping list?