Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug-in Hybrid unveiled
By Neil Thomason
Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 11:30
With its recent unveiling at the Paris Motor Show, the new Volkswagen Passat is looking like one of the most innovative cars in its class.
Equipped with progressive drive, assistance and infotainment systems, it is high-tech encapsulated in a powerful design with sharp proportions. It is a zero-emission and long-distance vehicle in one and available as a saloon or estate. In GTE mode, the Volkswagen also has a sporty side. Plug-in hybrid, in this case, means the combination of a turbocharged direct injection petrol engine (TSI) with an electric motor, which is supplied with energy from an externally (or in Charge mode) chargeable lithium-ion battery. Thanks to this battery, the Passat GTE can cover a distance of up to 31 miles in all-electric mode and thus with zero emissions. At the press of a button next to the gear lever, the driver can also control the all-electric mode (“E-Mode”) at will – for example, at the end of a drive when the destination is in a city.
The pioneering low power/fuel consumption and emission values contrast with a powerful driving performance: the Passat GTE, always with front-wheel drive and equipped as standard with a six-gear dual clutch gearbox especially developed for the hybrid drive, accelerates to 62 mph in less than 8.0 seconds and achieves a top speed of more than 136 mph; in “E-Mode,” 80 mph.
The Passat GTE will become available to order in the UK in June, with first deliveries in October 2015.Manufacturer Profile Latest Car News