The most significant upgrades are found under the sheet metal.Volkswagen has traveled to the annual Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce an updated version of the all-electric e-Golf.The most significant changes are found under the sheet metal, where the e-Golf receives a new lithium-ion battery pack with a 35.8-kWh capacity. As a result, the compact now boasts 124 miles of range in ideal driving conditions.
It takes about six hours to completely top up the battery when the e-Golf is plugged into a standard charging station. However, the SEL trim comes standard with a quick charger that provides the pack with an 80-percent charge in under an hour.
Volkswagen has also tweaked the e-Golf's electric motor. The unit is now rated at 134 horsepower and a generous 214 pound-feet of torque, increases of 19 horses and 15 pound-feet, respectively. The e-Golf consequently hits 60 mph from a stop in 9.6 seconds -- a second faster than before -- and it goes on to a top speed that's limited to 93 mph.
Visually, the e-Golf receives the same discreet visual updates as the standard Golf. Inside, it's available with a 9.2-inch screen that boasts gesture recognition technology, and with an Audi-derived instrument cluster that's fully digital and configurable.
The 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf will go on sale in the coming weeks. Pricing information will be published closer to its on-sale date.
Live images by Brian Williams.