Volkswagen is going to debut the new Passat BlueMotion concept at the Detroit Auto Show next week.
Volkswagen is going to debut the new Passat BlueMotion concept at the Detroit Auto Show next week. The Passat BlueMotion concept is being used to showcase how fuel-efficient a non-hybrid, gasoline-engined mid-size sedan can be with its 42 mpg rating.
The Passat BlueMotion concept is powered by a 150-hp 1.4L turbocharged engine, which is the world’s first four-cylinder engine with cylinder deactivation. The Active Cylinder Management system deactivates the valvetrain on cylinders two and three for situations when the driver only applies light throttle pressure to maintain specific city speeds.
The system also decouples the DSG transmission when the driver releases the accelerator pedal to allow the Passat to roll with the lowest possible mechanical drag from the other moving components. Lastly the powertrain also gets a start/stop system to turn off the engine when the car comes to a stop.
Volkswagen has yet to announce any production plans.