It also gets all the cool new features introduced with the facelifted Golf Mk7

Following the unveiling of the facelifted Golf Mk7 family, including the GTi and GTE, earlier in November, Volkswagen took the wraps of the updated e-Golf at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. Originally introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the all-electric hatchback now offers a more powerful motor, improved range, and new features inside and out.

Design-wise, the e-Golf follows in the footsteps of its conventional siblings, sporting a mildly revised exterior with new bumpers, and LED headlamps and taillights. The same goes for the cabin, where customers will find new decor and seat trim. More significant updates were made in the technology department, including a 12.3-inch color instrument cluster, optional "Discover Pro" infotainment with 9.2-inch display, gesture control, and a wide range of driver assistance systems.

By far the most important changes lurk under the shell, where Volkswagen added an upgraded electric motor rated 134 horsepower and 214 pound-feet of maximum torque. These figures account for a 19-horsepower and 15-pound-foot increase over the previous model. The extra oomph brings improved performance figures too. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is achieved in 9.6 seconds, more than a second faster, while top speed increased from 86 to 93 mph.

Volkswagen also developed a new lithium-ion battery with energy capacity increased from 24.2 kWh to 35.8 kWh. The range also goes up from 83 to 124 miles with this update, meaning a 50-percent improvement over the original e-Golf. What’s more, the on-board 7.2 kW charger is now standard on both SE and SEL Premium trims, charging the battery at 100 percent in less than six hours at a traditional charging station. When equipped with DC Fast Charging, which is optional on SE and standard on SEL Premium, the battery can be charged to 80 percent within an hour at a DC fast charging station.

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Why it matters

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With fresh looks, loads of new technology, and increased performance, the e-Golf has what it takes to remain a solid choice on the EV market for a few more years. What’s more, the update places it above the Ford Focus Electric, its most important competitor in the U.S. For instance, the Focus comes with 123 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, a smaller 23 kWh battery, a top speed of 84 mph, and an EPA-certified range of only 76 miles. The e-Golf also has far more tech and driver assistance features than the Focus Electric and likely won’t be much more expensive.

Volkswagen e-Golf Ford Focus Electric
Horsepower 134 HP 123 HP
Torque 214 LB-FT 181 LB-FT
Range 124 miles 76 miles
Top Speed 93 mph 84 mph

Press Release

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 décor and seat trim gives e-Golf a fresh look.

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