New Volkswagen Passat Debuts – Some Details On Plug-In Hybrid Version Released

JUL 11 2014 BY MARK KANE 21

Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

Recently, the new Volkswagen Passat hae its world premiere in Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam.  In its eighth generation, besides the standard internal combustion drivetrain, the Passat will get a plug-in hybrid version, which we expect to look nearly identical to the all-new Passat seen here.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen stated:

“This Passat heralds in a new era: when it comes to design and proportions, engines and drive systems, Infotainment and assistance systems or when it is a matter of safety, convenience and driving pleasure. The new Passat gives the right answers to the major automotive trends of its time. For me this Passat is a premium class car without premium costs. This fits perfectly to Europe’s most successful business car – lining up with 20 percent better fuel economy, up to 85 kilograms less weight and a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines – there is even a plug-in hybrid available.”

Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

Last year, Volkswagen sold about 1.1 million units, and we are curious how many of them will be plug-in hybrids in 2015 when sales begin.

Noteworthy is that all petrol and diesel engine version will get a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode. But let’s get back to the PHEV. It will be equipped with 115 kW TSI petrol engine and 80 kW electric motor, for total system power output of 155 kW. The range in all-electric mode should amount 50 km or 31 miles.

“For the first time, the Passat will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid drive (115 kW TSI petrol engine plus 80 kW electric motor and externally chargeable battery). With a system power output of 155 kW / 211 PS it will be Volkswagen’s most powerful plug-in hybrid and a genuine zero emission vehicle as it has an all-electric range of 50 km.”

Prices for base ICE models starts from €25,875 (saloon) and €26,950 (estate). The price of PHEV is unknown.

Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

Here is some more info on features:

“Thanks to cutting-edge design methods its proportions were made significantly more dynamic (including lower body, longer wheelbase and larger wheels). At the same time, the latest technologies have been applied. They include systems such as Active Info display (a fully digital instrument cluster), extendible head-up display as well as systems such as an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and three more world firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist.”

Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

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21 Comments on "New Volkswagen Passat Debuts – Some Details On Plug-In Hybrid Version Released"

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plug-in Passat wagen?! Yes please!


How does that 50 km translate to EPA miles ? 20 ?


I’d expect all of these cars specced to meet European city driving EV range targets to get around 20-25miles AER in the real world.


20-23 EPA miles is a simple rule you can apply to ALL VW, Audi and Porsche PHEVs. The have not deviated from ~9kwh. Spend ~$40k, spend ~$850k, you get the same.


And in the real world, very light acceleration if you want to stay in EV mode. Or if in a forced EV mode 0-60 in 13-15 sec.


50 KM is equal to 31 Miles.


50 KM = 31 Miles


Hopefully they found a way to integrate the battery without sacrificing a lot of trunk space (like in the Fusion Energi). This should be a plugin with significant mainstream appeal.


They have.
All the VW group cars on the new platforms were designed to take different drive trains without compromising accomodation or load space.
That is what they spent $5 billion or so on new platforms for.


80kW is a tad low on the electric motor.

VW owners love responsive cars, and the hybrid Passat will be too heavy for 80kW IMO. As a comparison, the Spark EV has 105kW


The EV motor is really specced for city driving, and here in Bristol most roads have a 20 mph limit on, with the occasional stretch where you can reach a heady 30 mph.

It has plenty of oomph to do the job it was designed to do, and if you want a surge of power all you need to do is step on the gas.


I guess VW has to decide who their audience is.

As I read them, the specs suggest this car will behave more like a plug-in-Prius than a Volt. And I am only thinking of power not range.


I think they have been specified due to European driving conditions.
If you want to cruise on EV in a city, then it will do that.
If you want acceleration, hit the pedal and you get very un-Prius like go – from memory the A3 PHEV does something like 7.9 seconds to 60 – but expect the engine to cut in.
If you travel a long distance though, the petrol engine is going to give you better economy than that in the Volt.


I expect it will be similar to the Fusion Energi (which has an 88kw motor): the power is plenty for city driving in EV mode (like many EVs, it’s rather quick 0-40mph due to the instant torque), and will be sufficient to swim with traffic on freeways. If you want more oomph, you can enable hybrid mode which will give you sub-8s 0-60 times.

MTN Ranger

Nice looking. Reminds me of the 7 Series E38 (low and wide and classy).

Needs more electric range.


Would this be the same powertrain as the A3 e-tron ” press release ” car ?

Mike I

Yes, it seems ALL PHEV announced so far by VW/Audi use the same enginge/motor/transmission set. That includes A3, GTE, Passat. The A6, A8, Q7 are on the roadmap for PHEV also, but will require a larger engine and hopefully a larger electric motor as well.


It is not as simple as one drivetrain:

‘He revealed that Audi is developing two plug-in hybrid powertrain families. Future models based on the MQB platform would be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain mirroring that of the A3 e-tron. This features an electric motor sited between a transversely mounted 1.4 TFSI petrol engine and a specially developed six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which sends drive to the front wheels.
He added that four-wheel-drive versions of MQB-based models might also be offered using the petrol-electric set-up to drive the front wheels and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle.

Larger Audi models mounted on the new MLB-Evo platform and with longitudinal engines would use a similar system, with the electric motor mounted between the engine and gearbox. Hackenberg said quattro versions of these plug-in hybrids were also possible, using either a mechanically or electrically driven rear axle. ‘

Sam EV

Do we know when these will become available in the US?


The redesign looks great but I would have really liked to have seen 40-50 miles real world EV driving similar to a Volt. I think that 40-50miles EV range is when a PHEV becomes a “real” EV and for most people it can drive in mostly EV mode and it makes sense for buyers to get Level 2 EVSE in their homes.


40-50 is way to little for a real EV. Mostly in EV mode is the perfect description for a PHEV.

When electricity is your main option even on longer trips and stands for a clear majority of the miles on longer trips then it’s a real EV.