Volkswagen Passat GTE Plug-in Hybrid Bound for Paris

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Volkswagen is continuing its onslaught of introducing electrified vehicles.

The German automaker has revealed the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid, which will make its official debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in the coming days. Powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid also features an electric motor and a 9.9-kWh lithium-ion battery. The total system output from the hybrid powertrain is 214 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. According to Volkswagen, the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid will accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in less than eight seconds.

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While in all-electric mode, the Passat GTE plug-in can travel up to 31 miles with a top speed of 80 mph. Recharging the plug-in will take 4 hours and 15 minutes with a standard charging cable (230 volt) while an optional wall charger can recharge the battery in 2 hours and 30 minutes. Separating it aesthetically, the wagon boasts a chrome grille with blue highlights while the front bumper has cross panels in the lower air inlet and C-shaped LED daytime running lights.

Standard features on the upcoming model include LED headlights, post-collision braking system, driver alert system, emergency braking, rain sensor and parking aid.

It is unlikely that the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid will head to the U.S. anytime soon, but it will go on sale in Europe towards the end of next year.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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