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."
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.
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."