VW Golf TGI BlueMotion (CNG) Premiers at Geneva

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VW Golf TGI BlueMotion

VW Golf TGI BlueMotion

Range of more than 1,300 km
Consumes just 3.4 kg natural gas per 100 km

The VW Golf TGI BlueMotion powered with natural gas (CNG) will makes it debut alongside other new Golf models on the shores of Lake Geneva. At the same time, Volkswagen is renaming its so-called “EcoFuel” natural gas models as “TGI BlueMotion.” The new Golf TGI BlueMotion will be launched as the classic hatchback version in the summer and as an estate car in the autumn.

The new model is the first natural gas vehicle to be based on the new modular transverse matrix (MQB). MQB models are designed such that all conceivable drive types that can be realistically implemented today can be used in them.

The Golf TGI BlueMotion is powered by a newly developed 81 kW / 110 PS natural gas engine (at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm); the maximum torque of 200 Nm is available at 1.500 rpm (up to 3,700 rpm).

The bi-fuel (designed for natural gas and petrol) 1.4 TSI (charged turbo direct injection engine) enables extraordinarily wide driving ranges. In pure CNG operation (with natural gas), the driving range for the version with a 6-speed manual gearbox is a good 420 km. In this mode, the car’s consumption is 3.5 kg of natural gas per 100 km (equivalent to 94 g/km CO2). When petrol is also used, this adds about 940 km to the car’s range (fuel consumption: 5.3 l/100 km).

This means that when the two natural gas underbody tanks (together 15 kg) and the petrol tank (50 litre) are completely full, the Golf TGI BlueMotion reaches a theoretical range of 1,360 kilometres – thus the Hamburg-Geneva distance can be driven on a single fill-up of the tanks with no problems at all.

If the Golf TGI BlueMotion is equipped with the optional 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG), an even greater driving range is achieved thanks to a combined fuel consumption of 3.4 kg/100 km natural gas or 5.0 l/100 km petrol.

With a minimum of 92 g/km CO2, the Golf TGI BlueMotion is a milestone for the realization of an emission value of 95 g/km CO2 for fleets legally required as of 2020.

Agile Golf TGI BlueMotion. As fuel-efficient as it is, the new Golf TGI BlueMotion offers an agile driving performance compared to many other natural gas vehicles. The Volkswagen accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 10.7 seconds. Its top speed: 194 km/h.

The bi-fuel TGI comes in three equipment lines. The specific standard features of the Golf TGI BlueMotion, which always comes as a four-door vehicle and is available in the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline versions include, among other things, two range and tank displays (for the gas engine and the petrol engine); the operating mode in use is always displayed to the driver. Naturally, the fuel door module with integrated petrol filler neck and natural gas connection was likewise redesigned, depending on the version. Thus petrol and natural gas can be acquired comfortably at one pump. The end pipe of the exhaust system, which is especially short in terms of natural gas, is invisible in the Golf TGI BlueMotion; it is located in front of the back axle, underneath the vehicle. Having an eye on fuel consumption, the Golf TGI BlueMotion, like the Golf TDI BlueMotion, will be offered with wheel/tyre combinations of a maximum of 16 inches.

(Source: Volkswagen)

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