Volkswagen released today the first images and details of a new Passat plug-in hybrid called the GTE. Set for debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the new hybrid family car comes in both sedan and estate variants and has a Driving range of over 600 miles.
The hybrid system that powers the Volkswagen Passat GTE consists of a turbocharged direct injection petrol engine (TSI) with an electric motor, capable of generating maximum output of 218 PS and over 400 Nm of torque. These figures are more than satisfying for a mid-size sedan like the Passat.
So performance-wise, the GTE is far from a disgrace. But the car’s forte is indeed its fuel economy and the fact that it can cover a distance of up to 31 mpg in zero-emission electric mode. The NEDC consumption is over 141 mpg (under 2.0 l/100 km) and 13.0 kWh/100 km; these values equate to CO2 emissions lower than 45 g/km. Thanks to a 60 liter fuel tank, that economy gives you a driving range of about 620 miles.
Boasting its own unique equipment line, Volkswagen Passat GTE is distinguished over the standard versions by the virtue of its revised front bumper and chrome grille and 17-inch “Astana” alloy wheels. The owners will also enjoy the exclusive feature that is the “CAR-NET e-Remote” app, by which the charging of the battery, for instance, can be started via smartphone.