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 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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