2014 Paris Motor Show: Volkswagen Passat GTE (Images + Videos)

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Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant and Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant and Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant and Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant and Volkswagen Passat GTE

The Volkswagen Passat GTE that was first presented in September had its official premier at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Volkswagen unveiled both the Passat GTE and longer Passat GTE Variant (wagon) version.

It’s based on the new Passat generation and for the very first time equipped with plug-in technology.

1.4-liter TSI gas engine with 156 HP (115 kW) is supported by an electric motor with 115 HP (85 kW) and 400 Nm (243 lb-ft).

Typically, for Volkswagen, all-electric range (NEDC) stands at 50 km (31 miles). Battery pack stores 9.9 kWh.

Electric motor allows for 130 km/h (81 mph) top speed, above which the gas engine comes into game up to 220 km/h (137 mph).

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Volkswagen Passat GTE Variant

Full press conference is here, and Volkswagen Passat GTE appears at 46:50.

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12 responses to "2014 Paris Motor Show: Volkswagen Passat GTE (Images + Videos)"

  1. Jeff Songster says:

    Hope this comes to us… US.

  2. Brian says:

    What are the differences between this car and the Audi A3 eTron, other than badging?

    In the US, the A3 sells for about $8k more than the Passat. If they can sell this car for less than the eTron, it should do very well here.

    I see this car as a direct competitor to the Fusion Energi and Accord PHEV. Both of those cars have severely compromised trunks. Not only do you lose a lot of space, you also lose the ability to fold down the rear seats. VW should have no problem beating Ford and Honda in the PHEV space.

    To a lesser degree, this would compete against the Volt. But the Volt has superior electric performance (range and acceleration) while this car may end up with superior combined performance. I guess it depends on what the goals of the buyer are.

    1. Eric Loveday says:

      The A3 is much smaller. The A3 is comparable to and shares platform with Golf/Jetta. The Passat is in Camry, Accord, Fusion size class.

      1. Brian says:

        Larger and cheaper? That’s a win-win for families!

  3. MDEV says:

    VW has a huge advantage, simple their hybrids and EVs look normal, like ICEs. I hope BMW take note of this.

    1. Bekir ağuş says:

      No way

  4. Calitran Dresdener says:

    This car is a real winner. If it’s priced in the same range as the Volt and available in the US the Volt will really have it’s first true compitition regardless of the fine distinctions between the drivetrains (Unless the Volvo or the Mitsu makes the swim first).

    I still would rather buy a Chevy, and yea, the Volt AER is better now, never mind the upcoming Gen II expected improvement, but if families can fit two 6 ft teenagers in the back seats and you can haul vacation bags or your German Shepherd Dog in the back and still get over 75mpg Volkswagen won’t lose.

    Give VW time to get to their version of Gen II and I’d bet they’ed probably be offering AWD as an option and be within 10% AER of GM.

    Perhaps the MPV5 is being readied in the GM Skunk Works and by the time I would be ready to move on from my 2012 hatch I’ll be able to really get what I want from Barra, et. al. but they had better be on their toes.

    Hell, give the CTS wagon a Chevy body and underpin it with Voltec II and a light duty trailer hitch and I’m in!

    And for the sport minded the CTS shares it’s frame with the Camaro. Do one, then no reason not to do the other. Yea, the Camaro HV (High Voltage).

    1. DaveMart says:

      I’m almost certain that in spite of its being a German car the German Shepherd dog is an optional extra, and you can if you wish carry a different breed.

      However should you buy one made in Mexico, the Chihuahua is compulsory, as an attachment instead of furry dice.

  5. Mike I says:

    I’m almost certain that VW America will not bring the Passat GTE Variant to the states. I think they will fill that position in the market with the CrossBlue PHEV. I don’t like that direction, but I think it’s justifiable from a sales volume point of view. CrossBlue in all versions will definitely sell more units than all versions of a Passat Wagon. Passat would probably have a higher take rate on the PHEV, but a high percentage of a low number is still a losing proposition. I want to replace my 2001 Passat GLX Wagon, but there’s just nothing on the market that I want to buy.

    1. JRMW says:

      Interesting thought.

      Do you think they’ll put it out as a Crossblue, or will they rebrand it as a Touareg or Tiguan to keep it in line with their methodology of having PHEV versions of their ICE brands?

      I’d like to see a PHEV Passat. My last car was a Passat 4Motion and it was fantastic. Only issue was that maintenance/repairs were very steep and I had a family situation that required an SUV.

      1. Mike I says:

        They will probably come up with a new name that is just as obtuse as Toureg and Tiguan. CrossBlue is clearly a concept name. Blue is their term for “green” but this vehicle will probably sell below 10 percent PHEV with most having a traditional ICE powertrain.

        I’m with you on the maintenance cost on the Passat. We’ve spent $1,500-$2,500 per year in each of the last 5 years keeping that car in decent condition. Still drives great though.

  6. Mike I says:

    Another site says we won’t get this Passat at all in the states, even in sedan form. That’s a shame, it’s much more attractive than the current US-built Passat.