The all-new VW Passat will receive a GTE badge plug-in hybrid version for the Paris Motor Show. It can be driven up to 50km in the E-Mode and the plug-in system is powered by a turbocharged direct injection petrol engine combined with an electric motor.
The petrol engine is a 1.4-liter TSI which produces 156PS (154hp), while the electric motor produces 85 kw (115PS or 113hp). Combined system output is 218PS (215hp), with the maximum torque reaching 400Nm (295lb-ft). The VW Passat GTE averages under 2 l/100 km (117.6 mpg US) and 13 kWh/100 km, equating to CO2 emissions fewer than 45 g/km.
VW will launch the Passat GTE in the second half of 2015.
The push to make the road safer by limiting – and punishing – distracted drivers reached a new stage when recent studies revealed that distracted driving is more dangerous than drunk driving. We’ve seen similar studies in the past, including experiments done by the TV show Mythbusters and Car and Driver magazine. Read more