Volkswagen Reveals Passat GTE Plug-In Hybrid
Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new plug-in hybrid Passat GTE in both sedan and wagon forms.
The Passat GTE will get its formal reveal at the 2014 Paris Motor Show this week.
Based on the all-new eight-generation Passat, this becomes Volkswagen’s third plug-in hybrid after the Golf GTE and XL1.
According to VW, sales of the Passat GTE will commence in the second half of 2015 in Europe.
“Visually the GTE modification differs from the standard Passat with its blue accents on the radiator grille, the restyled front bumper with integrated C-shaped LED lights and the bigger alloy wheels. The interior benefits from a blue ambient lighting, a redesigned gear knob and a leather-trimmed flat bottom steering wheel.”
“The Passat GTE is powered by a petrol-electric hybrid system that includes a tuned version of the 1.4-liter TSI petrol unit rated at 156 HP (115 kW), supported by an electric motor with 115 HP (85 kW) and 400 Nm (243 lb-ft). The combined output is 218 HP (160 kW), while the transmission is a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.”
“Volkswagen says the average fuel consumption is 2.0 l/100 km (141 mpg) and 13.0 kWh/100 km, which responds to CO2 emissions of less than 45 g/km.”
Total range is listed at 622 miles. 0 to 62 MPH is accomplished in a rather remarkable 8 seconds or less. Top speed is 137 MPH. Electric-only range is 31 miles (NEDC). Top speed in electric mode is 81 MPH. Battery capacity is 9.9 kWh.
At this time, there’s no info on pricing. Volkswagen has not yet disclosed whether or not the Passat GTE will be coming to America.