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Volkswagen e-Golf Revealed Ahead of Frankfurt Auto Show

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  • Volkswagen e-Golf coming to Frankfurt show
  • Fully electric Golf can reach 118 miles on a single charge
  • Expected to go on sale in the U.S. sometime next year

An all-electric Volkswagen Golf is coming. Volkswagen announced details about its upcoming e-Golf, which mates the popular Golf hatchback body style with a fully electric drivetrain.

While Volkswagen plans to reveal the e-Golf at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, the brand showed e-Golf photos and revealed information about the model ahead of the show, including the hatchback's engine specs, performance numbers and even range.

Unlike the Chevrolet Volt, the e-Golf won't use a range-extending gasoline engine. Its sole power comes from a 24.2-kWh battery that makes around 115 horsepower and a muscular 200 lb-ft of torque. That means it has 55 hp less than the gas-powered Golf, which uses a 170-hp 5-cylinder engine. The e-Golf reaches 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in 10.2 seconds.

More important than the power figures, however, is the e-Golf's range and charge times. While VW didn't announce charge times, the brand did say the e-Golf can reach 118 miles on a single charge. If verified, that number would place the e-Golf well above the Nissan Leaf's 73-mile range.

Beyond the electric motor, the e-Golf also has a few other tricks up its sleeve. One is a system that lets drivers choose between two driving modes, Eco and Eco +, and four regenerative braking modes. That means drivers can select just how efficient the e-Golf is when they're behind the wheel.

While pricing is not yet known, the e-Golf may be more expensive than its rivals. The reason is that VW has loaded it with luxurious features such as automatic climate control, LED headlights and a navigation system. Of course, the e-Golf's powertrain technology also means it will be far pricier than a standard Golf.

We aren't sure when the e-Golf will be released, though we'd expect sometime next year. In the meantime, stay tuned to our Frankfurt Auto Show coverage for more information about the e-Golf and other Volkswagen debuts.

What it means to you: The Volkswagen e-Golf marks another competitor in the growing world of the electric vehicle.

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