Volkswagen Golf TDI Hybrid Concept for Geneva
( WCF ) - Premiering at Geneva is a new step for Volkswagen in the journey towards green motion. Combining advanced TDI technology with an electric motor and the latest seven-speed DSG transmission, the Golf TDI Hybrid Concept achieves efficiencies worthy of low emissions ratings and high fuel economy.
Setting out to create a vehicle capable of emitting less than 90g/km of CO2, Volkswagen engineers have produced a concept that fits the bill, generating emissions of only 89g/km of CO2 and allowing a suitably fuel efficient 83 miles to the gallon. The hybrid model fuses three technologies with VW's efficient three-cylinder 1.2-litre TDI diesel unit at its heart.
Developing 75 PS and 132 lb.ft. of torque, the diesel engine primarily supplements an electric motor generating 27 PS and 103 lb.ft. of torque, both of which can work independently of the other or simultaneously, the diesel kicking in for higher speeds or greater acceleration. Similar to most hybrid motors, an on-board generator recovers the energy otherwise lost during breaking.
Aiding in its aerodynamic efficiency but also sprucing up for show stand form are a range of minor tweaks. Among the most prominent of these is a modified grille design for improved air-flow, with further features include drag-reducing smaller front air intakes and stylish inserts for its alloy wheels to improve air-flow. The front splitter comes straight from the Golf GTI Edition 30, while a lower ground clearance further aids to reduce aerodynamic drag.
Although a concept vehicle, Volkswagen are keen to point out the Golf TDI Hybrid's production likelihood 'in the future'.