Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in Hybrid to premiere at Paris Motor Show

  Volkswagen is showcasing the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid just for the Paris Motor Show. The Volkswagen Passat GTE is the first plug-in hybrid of the variant and currently in its eighth generation. Already introduced in selected European markets, the new Passat combines efficiency with the sporty side of things. The Passat GTE hybrid is the fifth electric-modeled VW after the XL1, e-up!, e-Golf and Golf GTE.

The plug-in hybrid Passat GTE, available in Saloon and Estate, is scheduled to be available in the second half of 2015. With the market launch of the plug-in hybrid, a total of nine drive versions, covering a power range from 125 PS – 280 PS (European version).

All the sportiness of the Passat in the most fuel efficient package

In looks, the Volkswagen Passat GTE takes on a specific chrome radiator grille unit with additional blue line, with a redesigned front bumper and cross panels in the lower air inlet as well as the C-shaped LED DRLs (daytime running lights). When viewed from the side, 17-inch “Astana” alloy wheels identify the Passat GTE as a plug-in hybrid. From the rear, the plug-in hybrid version follows the elements of the existing petrol version.

The interior of the plug-in hybrid Passat has been fine-tuned as well with Volkswagen TE (Technical Development Center) tailored features such as the standard “Composition Media” infotainment system and instrument cluster (with power meter) for the plug-in hybrid drive. In addition, the innovative Active Info Display with specific displays is available as an option for the Passat GTE. Standard details such as the blue ambient lighting, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel with blue decorative stitching, GTE specific gear knob with blue stitching and seats covered in “Sevilla” cloth with a blue basic structure have also been especially configured to the Passat GTE. Furthermore, the interior was enhanced by the “Waves” design (aluminium look) and “Piano Black” (high-gloss black) as well as a GTE logo in front of the gear shift gate.

For the standard Composition Media infotainment system, the optional high-resolution 6.5-inch monitor or 8.0-inch are available. Both devices feature numerous additional functions in the Passat GTE. They include a “range monitor”, an “energy flow indicator”, “zero-emission statistics”, “e-manager” and, when the optional navigation system is installed, the “360° range” feature. Other highlights include Active Info Display , power meter supplements from the tachometer, and the optional instrument cluster that displays full interactive presentation of the Active Info. Even a 12.3-inch screen that displays navigation information in two- or three-dimensional graphics in 1,440 X 540 pixels are available as an option. The CAR-NET e-Remote, a handy app, is accessible via Smartphone and functions as a pointer for charging the battery, a climate control hub, an info. counter for all relevant vehicle data.

A turbocharged direct petrol injection engine (1.4 TSI) and a three-phase permanent magnet synchronous motor as electric motor to power the Passat GTE. Like a turbine, the e-motor revs up from a standstill and provides a maximum torque of 330 Nm. The electric motor is supplied by a 9.9 kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery. The gearbox is an automatic six-speed DSG with three clutches (dual clutch plus disengagement clutch) that was specially developed for hybrid use. Operating modes for the Passat GTE hybrid begin with the E-Mode, along with three other modes; “Hybrid”, “Battery Charge” and “GTE”.

The Passat GTE is offered with an independent equipment line, along with the standard equipment like LED headlights, Driver Alert System, Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, Front Assist including City Emergency Braking function, rain sensor and ParkPilot. On the other hand, as a high-tech flagship, the Passat GTE features several unique elements and equipment upgrades which distinguish it from the rest of the range.

Slated for June 2015 sales debut, the Volkswagen Passat GTE is to be distributed in Europe and eventually the rest of the world.

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