Crossovers and SUVs are good candidates for the GTE treatment.
As Volkswagen moves towards electrification, product planners are considering adding more models to the company's lineup of GTE-badged performance cars.
"With any model line-ups you have electrification coming. There is broader possibility for GTE than GTI," said company boss Herbert Diess during a recent interview with British magazine Autocar.
Currently, only the Golf and the Euro-spec version of the Passat have spawned GTE models. Both are powered by a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and neither is sold in the United States. Executives seriously considered importing the Golf GTE from Germany, but it looks like they've changed their mind.
However, don't expect Volkswagen to build a Polo GTE anytime soon. Packaging isn't an issue, but Diess explained a plug-in Polo would be a flop because it would be far too expensive, even after government incentives are factored in.
Diess also ruled out launching more GTI-badged models. That means the up!, the Polo, and the Golf will remain the only GTIs in the foreseeable future.
"I think with the three [GTI models] we have now we are set," he said.
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