Published on July 13th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volkswagen launches Passat GTE- extremely efficient hybrid technology for the D segment
Volkswagen launches Golf GTE? Fantastic. Volkswagen launches new Passat? A class leader, for sure. But this new Passat GTE is an interesting combination of that fantastic hybrid powertrain, in a Passat class car. And that provides customers with a rather interesting alternative to the only current hybrid in the segment.
The GTE models are designed to be plug-in hybrids, unlike the pure-electric concept that the GTE started out as. They’re quick as well, boasting a combined power output of 218 PS. The Passat GTE’s extensive standard features include LED headlights (for main and dipped beam), Driver Alert System, Automatic Post-Collision Braking, the Front Assist ambient traffic monitoring system including City Emergency Braking function, a rain sensor, ParkPilot for front and rear, chrome trim on the side windows and comfort seats (in the front).
With superb system output of 160 kW / 218 PS, frugal NEDC consumption of just 1.6 l/100 km and 12.2 kWh/100 km (Variant: 12.4 kWh) and an all-electric range of up to 50 kilometres, the Passat GTE defines a new level of efficiency in its class. Under normal operating conditions the new Volkswagen always begins its journey in all-electric and thus emission-free mode. This E-Mode can also be activated at the push of a button, for example towards the end of a journey as you enter a city.
If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s very similar to how the Camry Hybrid operates, and what gives it that extra edge of class and refinement only afforded by an electric motor to supplement startup. With the confirmation of the Golf GTE for our market, it will be nice to see whether the Passat GTE will also make it’s way over once the new Passat launches here.