One of Volkswagen’s most anticipated models of 2015 is the e-Golf, an all-electric hatchback that will give buyers the chance to enjoy VW quality without gasoline or diesel fuel. Under its hood lies an electric motor that cranks out 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque linked to a 24.2-kWh battery with an on-board 7.2-kWh charger. With this powertrain, the e-Golf will be able to travel 70 to 90 miles on a single charge and takes about 30 minutes to go from 0 to 80-percent charge.
The drivetrain all seems about on par with what we’ve seen from other similar EVs, but the real issue is the cost. Volkswagen just revealed U.S. pricing on this all-electric model, and it will only come in the fully loaded SEL Premium trim level here in the states at a base price of $35,445. That price is, of course, before any federal and state credits, but it is still rather high considering it is essentially just a Golf with the engine replaced by an electric motor.
Today VW also revealed pricing for its refreshed 2015 Jetta, which is set to arrive with an updated body and a new, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel on its options list. In its base 2.0L trim level, the 2015 Jetta will run $16,215 plus $820 for delivery. Moving into the 2.0L S trim level raises the price to $18,425, while the 1.8T SE calls for $18,995 and the new TDI with its 46-mpg highway rating starts at $21,640.
The new Jetta will arrive in U.S. dealers starting in the third quarter of 2014.