Volkswagen is introducing a “GTE” version of the all-new Passat which will be shown starting Thursday at the Paris Motor Show. This is a powerful plug-in hybrid in the same vein as the Golf GTE and is programmed to go on sale in the second half of 2015 in sedan and estate body styles. In terms of visual differences there’s not much to talk about but we do notice blue accents on the front grille, slightly altered front bumper with C-shaped LED daytime running lights along with different wheels. On the inside there’ a leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel, updated gear knob and blue ambient lightning.
Motivation of the Volkswagen Passat GTE is provided by an uprated 1.4-liter four-cylinder TSI engine outputting 156 HP (115 kW) which works together with an electric motor that offers an additional 115 HP (85 kW). Thanks to this hybrid setup, the vehicle has a combined output of 218 HP (160 kW) and sends the power to the wheels via a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission.
It needs less than eight seconds to cover the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint before topping out at 137 mph (220 km/h). More importantly, the Passat GTE has a fuel consumption of only 2.0 liters / 100 km with corresponding CO2 emissions of just 45 g/km. Volkswagen promises a whopping 1,000-km range with the 50-liter gasoline tank full and with the lithium-ion battery pack fully charged.