Volkswagen Passat GTE Now Available For Immediate Delivery At Dealerships Nationwide In Germany

OCT 2 2015 BY MARK KANE 9

Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE

Volkswagen Passat GTE (and the longer Variant version) finally are available for immediate delivery at dealerships nationwide in Germany (from €44,250).

With over 6,500 VW Passats sold in Germany in August alone and over 65,000 in the first eight months of 2015, even a small share of around 1% for GTE would lead to 1,000+ sales annually. But it’s possible that the largest demand will come from outside Germany, like in the case of the Golf GTE.

Overall, the Passat GTE looks almost like any ordinary Passat, but there are few details unique to GTE:

“The GTE’s main distinguishing features externally are its C-shaped LED daytime running lights and a blue bar across the radiator grille that extends into the headlights. There are special GTE features inside as well, such as an instrument cluster with power meter and an infotainment system with a menu matrix for functions and displays specific to each drive system.

Many of the Passat GTE’s functions can optionally be controlled and monitored via smart phone using the ‘Car-Net e-Remote’ app. These include charging the battery, activating the air-conditioning functions or seeing where the car was last parked. The prices for the Passat GTE start at €45,250 for the estate and €44,250 for the saloon.”

Thanks to plug-in capability, it can go up to 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode under NEDC (probably more like 20 miles in the real world).

Quick specs:

  • 1.4-litre TSI turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine delivering 115 kW / 156 PS
  • electric motor 85 kW / 115 PS and 400 Nm (243 lb-ft)
  • system output 160 kW / 219 PS
  • up to 50 km (31 miles) all-electric range (NEDC) and more than 1,100 km (680 miles) total
  • 9.9 kWh lithium-ion battery
  • 130 km/h (81 mph) top speed in EV mode and 225 km/h (140 mph) with ICE on

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9 Comments on "Volkswagen Passat GTE Now Available For Immediate Delivery At Dealerships Nationwide In Germany"

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I really hate that the US version of the Passat is different than this one. In the wake of the TDI scandal, they really need the Passat GTE in the US. Both Sedan and Wagon. Are they ever going to bring out the CrossBlue PHEV? That could almost excuse not having the Passat GTE Wagon here.

And the Golf GTE. Why don’t we get both?

Hopefully this sells as well as the Golf GTE. Or is that too hopefull?

At least they’re not cheating on the horsepowers like some so-called 700hp cars …

31 NEDC is like 25 miles EPA. Why even bother?

Why do all these German companies only put the minimum required by LAW in their vehicles?

Don’t they think that either Europeans or Americans would like something with 50-100 miles honest All Electric Range than this 20-25 mile ‘joke’ ?

I’m sorry but when I see these quite pricey vehicles all I can think of is Plug-in-Prius.

At least the PIP is moderately priced. Too bad they stopped, or ‘delayed’ making it.

I have to admitt I am with you on this, a bit of choice is no problem, some short range phev’s and some longer ones with some bev’s thrown in for good measure would be fine but it is starting to look very much like one size (extra skimpy) fits all, which is poor.

The only thing I wonder is if there is a technical or economic reason for it. I was wondering if it is easy to squeeze a 10 kWh pack into any hybrid car but 16kWh needs a “born” electric approach. It might explain all the Germans going for “small” phev’s, if they have to get to 95 gCO2/km as an average they may just not have the resource to redo every model properly in 5 years and so are being force down this path to make sure they can still offer a full range by 2020.

I like the position of the charge point in the front of the car, I only wish it would do more like 100kms plus in EV mode.

+1 miggy, I would bite for sure if they offered that…