The automotive industry quickly approaches its next major event: the Paris Motor Show. As with shows in Detroit and Tokyo – and other locations – this event bring together companies from across the globe to display their design prowess in concept cars, gauge reactions toward their newest production cars, and gain perspective on their competitors’ engineering and designs.
Volkswagen will reveal its redesigned Passat, which will offer new powertrains, lighter frames, updated systems that perform assistance, entertainment, and convenience functions. There is also a new plug-in hybrid: the Passat GTE. This version of the Passat joins the previously unveiled Golf GTE, which shares its MQB platform with the Passat variants.
Here are some of the specifications:
- Turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
- Disc-shaped electric motor mated to the gas engine
- Six-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission
- 9-kWh lithium-ion battery
- Front-wheel drive only
And here are some of its capabilities:
- 154 horsepower from the gas engine
- 113 horsepower from the electric motor
- Combined/peaked horsepower is 215
- 295 pound-feet torque (peaked)
- 31-mile range on electric alone
- 622-mile expected range with full tank of gas and full battery
And here are some unique characteristics of the Passat GTE:
- Blue accents in the grille
- GTE badges
- Eight-spoke 17-inch alloys
- Driving range monitor, energy flow display, zero emission statistics and e-manager
- Programmable departure and charging times
The Volkswagen Passat GTE will go on sale in early 2015 throughout Europe. Though the U.S. market’s Passat will go under the proverbial knife for its update in 2016, there’s not much likelihood that we will see a GTE version. It is possible for that to change when all Passat models switch to the MQB platform near the end of the decade.
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