For many years, the Volkswagen Group has had a wide range of factory methane versions of production vehicles. Not so long ago, such modifications appeared on the fourth generation Audi A3 Sportback and Skoda Octavia, and now the engine, which can run on gasoline and methane, has got a new Golf hatchback along with the Golf Variant station wagon.
The bi-fuel Golf also has three gas cylinders – one of them is steel and is located under the rear sofa, and the other two (composite) are “packed” in the boot underground (its volume has been reduced from 380 liters to 291 liters for the hatchback and from 611 liters to 430 liters for station wagon Variant). Together, they hold 17.3 kg of methane, while instead of a full-fledged gas tank Golf TGI has a “reserve” 9-liter capacity.
To work on methane, the turbo-four TSI with a volume of 1.5 liters has been adapted, which can be switched to the Miller economic cycle. Its output is 130 hp, the torque is 200 Nm, and gas should be enough for 400 km according to the WLTP method (by the way, the Octavia G-Tec can travel 100 km more). The motor is paired with a 7-speed “robot”.
Sales of the Golf TGI will begin in Germany this fall, with a starting price of 30,935 euros.