VW has unveiled the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut next month at the Paris Motor Show.
VW has unveiled the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid, which is going to debut next month at the Paris Motor Show. The Passat GTE is based on the European-spec Passat, which is different than the one we have here in the U.S.
The Passat GTE is powered by a 154 horsepower 1.4-liter TSI engine and a 114 horsepower electric motor that together generate 215 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid powertrain is mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission. VW estimates that the Passat GTE will reach 0 to 62 mph in less than 8.0 seconds and a top speed of more than 136 mph. In E-Mode it can reach speeds up to 80 mph. It can also travel up to 31 miles in electric mode and has a total driving range of 622 miles.
From completely flat, it can be fully charged in four hours and 15 minutes.
The Passat GTE will arrive in Europe in the second half of 2015 and will be offered in both sedan and wagon versions. The Passat GTE will also be the fifth VW electric model following the introduction of the XL1, e-up!, e-Golf and Golf GTE. Since the Passat GTE is based on the Euro-spec Passat don’t count on seeing it in North America.