Volkswagen unveils 2017 E-Golf at Automobility LA


The refreshed 2017 Volkswagen Golf was unveiled in Germany recently, but VW saved the intro of the new E-Golf for Automobility LA (LA Auto Show). The new Golf has received updated styling and new tech and the E-Golf gets those updates as well along with a new battery and electrics. The new battery pack is rated at 35.8 kWh (kilo Watt hours) which provides approximately 50% more range which is now rated at 124 miles per charge. The new batteries, when fitted with DC Fast Charging (optional on SE, standard on SEL Premium) allows for an 80% charge at a fast charging station in around an hour. The updated electric motor now develops 134 horsepower (19 hp more than the first version of the e-Golf) while maximum torque has been boosted from 199 lb-ft to 214 lb-ft. The 2017 E-Golf hits 60 mph in just 9.6 seconds, not a "barn burner" but more than sufficient for the needs of most folks. Top speed is now 93 mph. The infotainment system has been upgraded with a 9.2-inch, in-dash monitor to include Discover Pro infotainment as well as the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit (12.3-inch color screen) with interactive instruments (optional on some trim levels). New safety tech (optional on certain trim levels) includes a Pedestrian Monitoring driver assistance system; an upgraded Driver Assistance Package which includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor Plus with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) and High Beam Control (Light Assist); Autonomous Emergency Braking; and much more. Remote access is offered on the new E-Golf through Volkswagen's Car-Net app (including battery charging and auxiliary air conditioning), as well as Car-Net App-Connect for compatible smartphones that offers Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink® integration and Guide & Inform services. The revised front and rear fascia of the E-Golf include full-LED headlights and taillights. All in all, a much improved EV. Now about those wheels... More info in the press release after the jump.

Source: Volkswagen - Press release after the "read more" jump.


Press Release:
2017 E-GOLF MAKES AUTO SHOW DEBUT AT AUTOMOBILITY LA

  • Next-generation e-Golf offers improved driving range and new technology throughout
  • Increased battery capacity offers potential for 50 percent improved driving range
  • Power and torque are boosted to 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet
  • New infotainment options: 9.2-inch Discover Pro infotainment screen and Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with interactive instruments
  • New Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring driver assistance system
  • Upgraded Driver Assistance Package now includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor Plus with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist) and High Beam Control (Light Assist)
  • Redesigned front and rear ends upgraded with full-LED headlights and taillights
In a world premiere at Automobility LA today, Volkswagen of America, Inc. presented the latest generation of the e-Golf. Compared to its predecessor, the 2017 e-Golf offers an improved range, more power and new features.

For 2017, Volkswagen is using a new lithium-ion battery whose energy capacity has been increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The new battery increases the range by about 50 percent, with the aim of a driving range of up to 124 miles on a single charge. The 7.2 kW on-board charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims, which enables the battery to be fully charged in less than six hours at a traditional charging station. When equipped with DC Fast Charging (optional on SE, standard on SEL Premium), the battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.

The electric motor has been upgraded as well. It now develops 134 horsepower, which is 19 hp more than the first version of the e-Golf. At the same time, the maximum torque of the electric motor has been boosted from 199 pound-feet to 214 lb-ft. The 2017 e-Golf runs zero to 60 mph more than a second faster than its predecessor—now in just 9.6 seconds, and its top speed increases to 93 mph.

The 2017 e-Golf offers new, high-tech features like the fully digital and interactive Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. With this optional system, all instruments—including specific e-Golf instruments such as the power meter—are virtually implemented on the 12.3-inch color screen. There are different information profiles which change the type of information displayed and the graphics in certain areas. Information can be integrated on driving, navigation and assistance functions and display phone contact images or album cover art.

The available Discover Pro infotainment system trim has a large 9.2-inch glass display with a completely new design. For the first time in a Golf, it is possible to individually configure the home screen. In addition, the innovative gesture control system, first debuted at CES 2015, is planned to become reality in the next two years for the U.S. market. Gesture control works in a wide variety of menus. All it takes is a hand swipe gesture to move the horizontally arranged menu items to the left or right, allowing the user to navigate through the main menu, change radio stations, or skip to the next song. The e-Golf continues to offer remote access via the Volkswagen Car-Net app (including battery charging and auxiliary air conditioning), as well as Car-Net App-Connect for compatible smartphones that offers Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink® integration and Guide & Inform services.

Volkswagen is also extending the range of driver assistance systems for the e-Golf in the 2017 model year. Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) adds pedestrian monitoring, which will warn the driver acoustically and visually, supply increased braking pressure, and if the driver does not react, apply the brakes in order to help mitigate a collision with a pedestrian as well as other vehicles. An optional Driver Assistance Package for the SEL Premium will include the following features: Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor Plus, Lane Assist, Park Assist and Light Assist.

The facelifted Golf family debuted in Europe just a week ago, and the 2017 e-Golf introduces those design changes to the U.S. market. The standout exterior changes include new bumpers, front fenders and LED headlights and taillights. In the front, the new bumper integrates the unmistakable C-shaped LED auxiliary Daytime Running Lights and is accented by the traditional blue grille trim strip, which carries into the redesigned headlights. The rear was also designed to be more charismatic. Along with a new bumper, new LED taillights define the design. Inside, new d├ęcor and seat trim gives e-Golf a fresh look.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Notes:
“VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. “Car-Net” is a registered trademark of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “CarPlay” is a trademark of Apple, Inc. “MirrorLink” is a registered trademark of Car Connectivity Consortium, LLC. “Android Auto” is a trademark of Google, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This information is preliminary and subject to change.

Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

The e-Golf vehicle is only available at participating dealers in select states.

Fuel economy based on manufacturer estimates. Individual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

Verizon Telematics, Inc. is service provider of VW Car-Net Security & Service. Available on select models. Trial or paid subscription required. VW Car-Net Security & Service services require vehicle cellular connectivity and availability of vehicle GPS signal; certain services may collect location information. See Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and other details at www.vw.com/carnet.

App-Connect features require compatible device, operating system, and mobile apps. See mobile device and app providers for terms and privacy..