Known as the Passat GTE, the new variant joins the smaller Golf GTE that kicked off the carmaker’s new plug-in hybrid line in February.
As the latest model in the fresh new Passat line, the GTE will be offered alongside a wider range of petrol and diesel options.
The 2016 Passat’s petrol and diesel engines will vary in output from 89 to 209kW. The GTE will sit in the middle for power, while topping the range for fuel efficiency.
Providing power in the GTE is a 115kW 1.4 litre TSI petrol engine matched to an 85kW electric motor.
Matched to a six-speed DSG auto, the GTE’s petrol-electric powertrain sends power to the front wheels only.
VW lists combined system output at 160kW and 400Nm of torque, while fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are claimed to be as low as 2.0 l/100km and 45g/km respectively.
With its Paris Motor Show debut in mind, Volkswagen highlights the GTE’s capacity to travel from Paris to London, and back again, without refuelling.
Volkswagen says the GTE's battery can be charged in around four hours on a 240 volt system, or 2.5 hours with a special 360 volt wall unit.
Volkswagen also claims a 0-100km/h time of 8.0 seconds flat, with a top speed of 220km/h on combined power. In electric mode only, top speed is limited to a relatively pedestrian 130km/h.
In all-electric E-Mode, the GTE claims a driving range of around 50 kilometres. Hybrid, Battery Charge and GTE modes are also available.
As with the Golf GTE, the Passat GTE gets a unique front bumper design, with bracket-style LED lights flanking the lower grille.
A blue garnish runs along the top of the upper grille and headlights, in place of the less obvious silver strip that adorns the face of the Passat R-Line model.
Watch for the Passat GTE to debut in Paris this week.
The new Passat will make its Australian debut in late 2015, although the company’s local arm has yet to confirm if we will see this new GTE model.
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