Volkswagen Reveals Passat GTE Plug-In Hybrid

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 32

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

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.

As World Car Fans reports:

“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.

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE


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32 responses to "Volkswagen Reveals Passat GTE Plug-In Hybrid"

  1. Josh says:

    Looks like VW is finally starting to crank out the plug-in options. This one has the potential to be a hit here in the US. It would go toe-to-toe with the Fusion Energi, that has done remarkably well.

    1. DaveMart says:

      Some were arguing that the VW group was not serious about electrification.

      It was obvious that they were and are.

      You don’t spend $5 billion on new platforms to enable that and not bother!

      Follow the money!

      There will be heaps of PHEVs and some BEVs coming from the group.

  2. Brian says:

    Bring it to the US! With a fully functional trunk, this car would blow the Fusion Energi and Accord PHEV out of the water!

  3. Bob says:

    Deliver it with a wireless charger, and we have the stepstone to a full BEV 🙂

  4. Phatcat73 says:

    I suspect the Wagon would be a hit, similar to the Outlander PHEV.

  5. Taser54 says:

    Not sure I trust VW with plug-ins based on the challenges VW has with reliability of electronics in their current cars.

    Too many Gremlins.

    1. y vachon says:

      you bet!and how can they run 30 miles with only 9.9 kWh on a bigger car than the volt?

      1. Brian says:

        That’s easy to answer – the Volt only uses 2/3 of their battery. VW is clearly using a much larger percentage.

      2. DaveMart says:

        It’ll be around 22 miles on the EPA.

      3. mrenergyczar says:

        They are probably using 7 kWh’s which would get them the 22 epa range.

  6. JRMW says:

    Depending on pricing, this has the possibility to be a very big hit in the US.

    My previous car was a Passat 4-motion (their AWD nomenclature). VW is so much more refined, stylish, and powerful (IMO) than similarly priced competition like Toyota/Honda. It took me a while to get used to how quietly and smoothly it would go from 0 to 85 causing me to speed without knowing it! Loved everything about the car except the repair bills.

    I wonder if they’ll offer an AWD version?

    I’ve been continually frustrated by the lack of any AWD option in the EV/PHEV/Rex space.

    1. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

      The Outlander PHEV may be slow and mediocre, but at least it exists (outside the US).

      And why GM is so blinkeredly stupid as to not offer a Voltec CUV? Very good question that Volt fans etc. have been asking for many years now.

      1. JRMW says:

        I know. I’ve been holding out for the AWD Outlander PHEV, which may not arrive now until Nov 2015. Argh.

        Given the 2014 Volt lease deals I’ve started to consider leasing one until Mitsubishi (or someone) gets its act together and brings out an AWD CUV/SUV.

        Haven’t they been looking at the backlog of orders for the Tesla model X?

        So frustrating.

  7. Nix says:

    From what I hear, it will come to the US badged as an Audi.

    1. vadik_veselovsky says:

      There more little precious things that differentiate an Audi from VW beyond a badge.

      But both are great cars.

      1. Nix says:

        Yes, both good cars. I didn’t mean to imply anything bad. It is just that from what I understand, the US won’t get this VW with this drivetrain. For the US market, VW/Audi will put this drivetrain into an Audi branded vehicle on this chassis instead of a VW.

  8. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:

    So the battery peaks at ~9C discharge, which is a bit high. Wonder what the electric-only 0-60 is?

    And NEDC range is a bit optimistic with that battery. Assuming it reserves 20%, it’s closer to 25mi.

    I reckon it’ll come out just in time to be priced more than Volt 2.0, which will be at least 1 generation ahead if GM isn’t completely retarded.

    If VW were _really_ smart, they’d at least do a diesel-electric hybrid version. Nobody’s doing that in the US, it would play into their strengths, and it would certainly be an innovative differentiator in their favor.

    1. Brian says:

      Passat TDE (Turbo-Diesel Electric)? It certainly would be a differentiator. And it would get stellar fuel economy too.

      1. Nix says:

        It would get better MPG when the engine is running. But if the majority of miles are done without the engine running, then the added expense of the diesel motor doesn’t matter that much.

        If you burn 30 gallons of gas in a year in a gas PHEV, and you burn just 20 gallons of gas in a diesel PHEV, you have indeed gotten 33% better MPG. But in the end you’ve only saved around 40 bucks in fuel over a year. Not worth the added expense of the diesel.

        The reality of the matter is that it is harder to get a diesel engine to seamlessly start up and run quietly, compared to a small gas engine. Harder to get the best emissions rating in California (the Volt originally failed, and needed a motor re-design for California).

        Every penny sunk into a better charging motor is better spent on more range.

        1. Nix says:

          Also, when diesel fuel gets old and goes bad, it starts growing things in your fuel tank. Algae and bacteria can grow in old diesel fuel. It is nasty and hard to get out of your fuel system.

          1. Brian says:

            Things I did not know about diesel – interesting. I’ve never been a big fan because even “clean” diesel is dirtier than gasoline. But I had been wondering why noone was working on a diesel PHEV.

    2. JRMW says:

      “I reckon it’ll come out just in time to be priced more than Volt 2.0, which will be at least 1 generation ahead if GM isn’t completely retarded.”

      The Volt 1.0 already has several stats that are better than the Passat PHEV. (longer Electric Range, etc).

      The Passat “wins” in terms of size and badge (VW is a much nicer brand than Chevy), but I think it’ll be difficult for Volt 2.0 to underperform any of these more recent PHEV entries.

      I really think the Electric world will take off when we get affordable PHEVs and Range Extenders with an 80-120 mile AER , and BEVs with 150-300 mile AER

      Unfortunately, it increasingly looks like this will be 2018 and beyond.

      1. nate says:

        Which do you think would sell better:

        1–PHEV with 22 mile AER in the form of an mid or full sized crossover, with available AWD.


        2–PHEV with 80 mile AER in the form or a FWD small sedan or hatch, similar to a Volt or C-Max.


        3–150-200 mile Leaf.

        I think increasing the variety of models and the form factors those models come in will be key to increasing sales. Otherwise, you and others would be waiting for a 150-200 mile Leaf, Model 3, or Sonic instead of something along the lines of an Outlander PHEV.

        1. Nix says:

          Yes, all three would result in better sales than just what we have now. There is a reason why gas cars come in so many shapes, sizes, and prices, with so many different choices. It is because making such a variety in gas cars opens up more sales. EV’s will have to do the same.

    3. DaveMart says:

      If they felt like it VW could also do a NG PHEV, although they might have some packaging difficulties.
      That would be quite something though….

  9. Mikael says:

    So late? What happened to the sale start in october/november and deliveries starting in early 2015?

    I’m getting tired of all the EV’s taking longer time to get out on the market and always in some kind of limitation like only in a specific segment.

    It’s like no-one really wants to take the lead.

  10. Calitran Dresdener says:

    While one can perhaps legitimately criticize GM’s/Chevrolet’s willingness or capability to effectively explain, market, and push Voltec and the first gen Volt, and while it seems even the Chevy brand critics here still recognize the quality and value of the Volt, and while everyone may have different opinions regarding the status of brands, I doubt VW automobiles could measurably be found to “nicer” than Chevrolet, certainly depending on the breadth of factors that should necessarily be taken into account to properly compare the two (sorry for such a run on sentence). While the two brands want to sell to as many buyers as possible the two are essentially shooting for different bull’s-eyes on the same target, thus any perceived difference niceness (the target being the majority of drivers looking at all car brands).

    However, both brands could stand to learn from each other as they pursue PHEV and BEV technology. Regardless, as far as PHEV target bull’s-eyes go, Chevrolet’s choice as to what to shoot at and the perfection of that first shot is phenomenal. Now as they take the next shot they need to prove that, the first, while not a fluke, that their second shot can split the flight feathers and the shaft of the first. And if Chevy takes too long to get the second shot off, their competitors are going to get their first and then their second and eventually third shots off, and having learned from watching Chevy shoot first, they could end up with a higher score if we don’t see the new and improved Voltec in something more than a compact hatchback (I don’t include the ELR here on purpose).

    Chevy has put a lot of effort in the Volt and it has paid off for them regardless of the volume of, and unwarranted nature of the criticism they took and take. They are proving that they can improve on their work even through the life of gen 1 with gen 2 almost ready for release. And maybe they are confident that they will be able to meet or beat the competition to market with more options as well, but please, GM, get us a wagon, and if you can’t or don’t want to release it with the release of this Volt II, then get it out mid-model year, or as soon as is physically possible. Call it anything but a wagon (Shooting Brake/Combi/ Estate, or make something else up to give it the cache you want) if you have to, but just do it. Please. Not a 4 door with a mini window and sharply angled D pillar hatchback in disguise. A real wagon with usable space in the back. Be the leader again.

    From what I understand Calloway’s Corvette Shooting Brake modification earns a lower coefficient of drag than the factory’s Stingray. But even if you can’t achieve a greater areo figure on a VOLT MPV5 or whatever moniker is used, it won’t ruin the concept. And it would be even better if the Malibu wheelbase was its basis. Bang the sheet metal here and there to make it stand alone and beat VW’s Kombi Passat to market with the best drivetrain in the market. I really can’t imagine that GM can’t give us such a variant, even if only producing small numbers at first, and still make a small profit or at least break even while being cutting edge.

    1. JRMW says:

      There are already numerous hatchbacks in the EV and PHEV space. There are almost no SUV and CUV and no AWD
      AWD SUVs are one of the most popular body styles

      GM is insane that they didn’t bring an AWD SUV PHEV to the market

  11. Scramjett says:

    I see VW is continuing with the awesome instrument cluster started in the Golf! 🙂

  12. Priusmaniac says:

    They need to seriously increase the ev range to at least 50 miles to be just at an equivalent of the coming Volt.

    I am still of the opinion the BMW i3 configuration of an ev with a rex is a better way then just adding a strap on to an essentially thermal vehicle. In more double motorisation with gearbox and double clutch is actually more expensive then the simpler i3+rex configuration.

    1. Scramjett says:

      As an engineer, I’m curious what their engineering justification for keeping a gearbox would be. I would generally agree, but I’d like to know what their thinking is first.