Details On The 2015 Volkswagen Passat Plug-In Hybrid


2015 VW Passat Sketch

2015 VW Passat Sketch

Passat Technical Preview Conference

Passat Technical Preview Conference

The upcoming next-generation Volkswagen Passat has been confirmed to become the vehicle that will be offered as VW’s third plug-in hybrid (VW XL1 and Golf GTE are #1 and #2).

According to Volkswagen, the Passat PHEV will feature the following:

  • 115 kW gasoline direct-injection engine with turbocharging (1.4 TSI)
  • 80 kW electric motor
  • Total system output of 155 kW
  • Maximum torque of 400 N·m (295 lb-ft)
  • 9.9 kWh lithium-ion battery with liquid cooling
  • Top speed of 130 MPH
  • 0 to 62 MPH in under 8 seconds
  • Up to 31 miles of electric range

The Passat plug-in hybrid will launch sometime in 2015.  Pricing and additional details will be released closer to the launch date.

2015 Passat STrcuture

2015 Passat Structure

2015 VW Passat Sketch

2015 VW Passat Sketch

Here’s a link to the most detailed document ever for a single vehicle.  Yes, there’s a 142-page PDF on the next-gen Passat.  Enjoy!!!

Press blast

Volkswagen has revealed the first technical details of the all-new Passat Saloon and Estate, ahead of the cars’ unveiling in July and their public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.

The eighth-generation Passat will bring with it a range of new technologies and features, to ensure that even after 41 years and over 23 million sales worldwide, it remains as competitive as ever.

Thanks to the use of advanced materials – including high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas – the new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than its predecessor, helping it to claim expected fuel-efficiency improvements of up to 20 per cent.

Despite exterior dimensions that are actually marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved, with more leg- and head-room, as well as increased luggage space.

A highlight of the Passat’s new range of engines is a high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel delivering 240 PS and an extraordinary 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm. This engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid model will also be offered, with potential to travel 31 miles on battery power alone, and with a potential maximum range of around 600 miles.

Other new technology to be offered on the new Passat includes the Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display; a heads-up display; the latest Modular Infotainment System, including the Car-Net remote app; a further-developed 360-degree Area View function; and the latest generation of Park Assist. This newly developed Park Assist includes the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces – useful, for example at supermarket car parks, where access to the boot is important. It also includes a world-first Trailer Assist, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.

Other safety technology includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection.

All new Passats will feature LED tail lights, while headlights will be halogen or LED. In conjunction with Dynamic Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum illumination of the road without dazzling other traffic.

Further details and first pictures of the Passat will be available in early July, ahead of the car’s public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October. UK sales will start before the end of the year, with first deliveries expected in early 2015.

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This car has a real chance of absolutely dominating the PHEV space because it finally offers a mid-size sedan PHEV without completely destroying the utility by blocking off the trunk. (its main competitors would be the Accord PHEV and Fusion Energi). The Accord has been stagnant at best, but the Fusion has started to sell well. I don’t see how either of those cars will survive without significant improvements in the face of the Passat.

(For the sake of this argument, I am considering the Volt an EREV rather than a PHEV because it is in a different class. Those looking for an EV but need range will still prefer the Volt.)

I’m guessing about 24 EPA electric miles. This is higher than the Fusion Energi (9.9 vs 7.6-kWh pack).

How do you know that 9.9KWh battery won’t impact the trunk like Accord PHEV or Fusion Energi?

Because VW have spent several billion producing an all new set of platforms which enable then to build BEVs, PHEVs, Natural gas and fuel cell cars with almost no intrusion into load space or passenger accomodation.

Check out the already in production Golf BEV and the many exploded diagrams about for the Audi A3 PHEV.

No intrusion, and the Passat on the same platform will be the same.

What DaveMart said. VW has been promising all along that none of their plug-in models will compromise the passenger or luggage space. It’s all thanks to their new flexible platform which is designed from the ground up to accommodate gas, diesel, PHEV or BEV power trains.

Halogen headlights? smh

Will it be available in the US?

Sounds like the perfect car that I’ve been waiting for: diesel PHEV with AWD.

Of course that means it probably won’t come to the U.S. any time soon. 🙁 I’ll keep my fingers crossed but won’t hold my breath.

I think this will go to the US pretty quickly.
The VW group is covering the market segments, hence no Golf PHEV in the US as there is the Audi A3 PHEV to cover it.

The saloon segment is much bigger in the US than Europe where hatches are preferred.

So I would expect the Passat PHEV to have an early release in the US.

I’m sure it will be a petrol version and not a diesel that hits the US. You need to buy enough diesel cars before they will ship diesel versions overseas.

All the PHEV versions will be petrol.
Diesel adds too much to the cost and weight at present.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Meh, electric motor too wimpy, it really needs 150-200kW and 15kWh of battery that can do bursts of 10-14C discharge.

Hmm. Aren’t you a little demanding? Passat’s motor is the same power as LEAF’s and LEAF doesn’t have a generator. Sure, strict EV mode will be less zippy than sloppy EV mode. That’s the price you pay with a PHEV. You can’t get more than 80kW from a 10kWh pack, that’s how the cookie crumbles. The generator has to throw in. It’s a PHEV. That’s how they work.

If you want shittons of pure-EV power, you have to have a bigassed battery, and that means a pure EV. Get a Tesla.

Disregard my overly quick snipe.

Doesn’t Volt get about 111KW out of 16KWh battery?

Liquid cooled battery. This is a change from eUp and eGolf. I wonder why.

Probably because it is pulling 80kW out of a 10kWh battery (8C) compared to the 24kWh battery in the eGolf (3.3C). If I had to wager a guess.

Yet another engine, plus about 20 miles of battery sprinkles. That said, the interior space could reset the PHEV bar.

Wow, a lot of negativity towards this car. Why is everyone so against the PHEV formula? Every car with a plug is a step towards dramatic reduction in fuel used, and another driver addicted to electric drive/convenience. They don’t all have to be Teslas (pure EV, large range, powerful motors, etc).

The Passat is a mainstream car, like the Accord and Fusion. Adding a PHEV variant to a mainstream car adds validity to the entire market, and gets more eyes on plug-ins. The difference here is that the Passat doesn’t sacrifice its trunk like the Accord/Fusion do.

5 years ago, we were begging Toyota to add a little more battery and a plug to the Prius. Many people spent a good chunk of money giving their Priuses a short electric range. Today we have several major OEMs offering factory-build PHEVs. There are more on the market every year!

I say welcome, VW. It took you a while, but now that you’re here I wish you success.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Because it doesn’t move the chain down the field one inch. Newer cars are supposed to be improvements on the state of the art, and this Passat is state of the art circa 2009 maybe.

VW continues to prove that it’s not terribly interested in being at the forefront of electrification of cars.

I agree, the minimum for a PHEV should be 16kWh to take full advantage of the Federal tax credit. This would allow a solid 30+ miles of range.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Not just that, but you need a bigger battery to have more power, and you want the average trip’s power requirement peaks and valleys handled totally by electric motors, while the average power required (plus say 20-25% for extended hill climbs on an “empty” battery) is put out by a range extender tuned for maximum efficiency with zero concern for variability or dynamic performance.

Larger batteries form a higher baseline by which you can multiply discharge rate, and thus get MORE POWER, which is the cleverest thing Tesla does that nobody else seems to grok.

This will be a huge hit. They could easily sell this one in the tens of thousands every month.

It definitely has the potential to be the most selling EV globally.

Hmm.. it was supposed to be its own post and not a reply.

Weirdly enough both Toyota and VW have a pretty good idea of the most practical and economic cars that people will actually buy.

Perhaps that is why they are respectively the biggest and the most profitable major manufacturers.

Electric car enthusiasts decried the Toyota PHEV as having too little all electric range.

Sales have dumbfounded them, as they are excellent.

Just as Economics 101 would predict, the marginal utility for every extra kilowatt hour decreases.

Almost everyone does 10 miles a day, every day, so for some paying for a bigger pack so that people who derive further almost all the time can benefit makes no economic sense.

VW with a ~20 mile range has covered a large percentage of commutes within Europe, where after all they are based.

The economics are rather disguised as political pull meant that GM got maximum subsidy at 16kwh.

Smaller packs ex subsidy are cheaper, and 20 miles day covers the first 7,000 miles of driving.

Many seem to assume that the biggest and best car manufacturers got that way by accident.

By and large, they can add up really, really well.

Even better perhaps than some folk on blogs, unlikely as that may seem! 😉

“Sales have dumbfounded them, as they are excellent.”

Majority of the Prius plugin buyers (as in the largest market) said that they bought the Prius Plugin for HOV stickers…

I know plenty of those owners who NEVER plugged their car in. In fact, some of them don’t even know where their EVSE is…

The majority of buyers of ANY of the plug in or battery cars say they bought them for the various subsidies.

See the article above.

I would be interested in your source for the notion that most Prius PHEV owners never plug them in.

That is dumb if true and sounds more like an urban myth.

I live in a large condo building in LA and there are probably 4 or 5 PiP and two other Volts in my building and none of them charge at home. It’s possible to install an EVSE (though at 3-4 times what it would be in a normal house). It’s fairly clear that all of these people bought for the HOV sticker.

That’s the thing with battery tech – although the average may be 8% improvement per year, you don’t realize that every year. Instead you see a jump of 50% every 5 years. These companies are all working with the same technology baseline – they do what they can. But at the same time, the Passat absolutely DOES “move the chain down the field”. It has a fully functional trunk – no intrusion whatsoever compared to the gas version. What should have been de facto from the beginning has finally been introduced by VW. Don’t underestimate how much that may have been holding back sales of Accord/Fusion PHEVs. As for the tax credit, that is somewhat shortsighted. For one, the tax credit is only available in the US whereas VW is a European company so obviously they cater to other markets as well. The tax credit cannot even be realized by many buyers as they don’t have a tax liability of $7500 in a year. Finally, the tax credit will not be around forever. In fact, I don’t have full confidence that it will be renewed the next few years (our government has been somewhat dysfunctional lately). Ultimately saying that battery… Read more »

Totally agree with you on the trunk space. We would have bought a Fusion if it had the trunk space. So we have been waiting. This car looks like it will meet all the requirements. Hopefully it will be priced comparable to the. Fusion.

EV range at 20-25 mi will meet our daily requirements. I think it is the right decision by VW and Ford to go with this size pack. No need for another charger. Will plug in to a 110 socket at night for a full charge by mornig. Can take advantage of the 4cent kW cost for time of use.

Well done VW

Hybrid engines are complicated and when they age, maintenance costs will eat you.

That is not true. In fact, Toyota’s engines used in the Prius last forever because they don’t get nearly as hot as other car engines and spend less time running when the car isn’t moving.

Smaller battery pack than the Volt, but peak output is higher (155 vs 136 kW). Does that mean they are being a bit more aggressive in use of the battery?

Also, if the motor is 80 kW and the Volt’s is 111 kW, I assume that the 0-60 time is with the ICE running.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Yeah, they’re usually quite reluctant to mention their electric-only acceleration. For example, with the i8, it takes over 9 seconds to go 0-60 on electric-only. How sad is that?

Ha! 9 seconds? The same as the Volt? That is a dirty little secret. It’s things like this that make me satisfied with my Volt (until I can afford a Tesla, that is).

This will be a huge hit. They could easily sell this one in the tens of thousands every month.

It definitely has the potential to be the most selling EV globally.

Globally most people buy hatches..
Saloons are more popular in the US.

It’s the 2nd most sold car in Germany. In the top 10 in Europe. And right now 11th most sold model in China.

Fair enough.
I sprawl corrected.

Did anyone notice they are moving to a digital dash? that has been my complaint about Vw’s electric offerings so far. I don’t like old-school analog gauges.

Yes, and a 12″ one.

Seems like automakers are seeing the attraction of Tesla’s 17″ screen.


I have to admit, all of these new offerings make me long for news of Volt 2.0. I am actually amazed that almost 5 years into the Volt’s life cycle there is no clear EREV competitor. The i3 Rex comes oh so close, but for a few moves by BMW (which for some might be ok).

I’m not necessarily looking forward to Volt 2.0, which is why I bought a new Volt this year. I have a bad feeling that GM will focus too much on cost savings and end up compromising many aspects of the car.