Following the launch of the Golf GTE, with a hybrid engine that gives it a total power of 204 HP, Volkswagen is currently presenting a saloon car with a plug-in hybrid drive system. In this way, the German manufacturer is reiterating its commitment to reducing its vehicle emissions.
Plug-in hybrids are vehicles equipped with an internal combustion engine and electric motor. They operate with alternative or conventional fuel, plus an electrically-charged battery. Thanks to this technology, they consume very little fuel and have very low emission rates.
The new Passat GTE has two engines: a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with 156 HP and an electric 115 HP motor, plus a 6-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox, specially developed for hybrid vehicles. The performance of the new Passat GTE’s engines sets new benchmark standards in hybrid energy efficiency, with both engines delivering a system output of up to 218 HP, together with 400 Nm of torque. It also stands out in terms of efficiency for its consumption of 1.6 litres per 100 km and 12.2 kWh per 100 km, with emissions of just 37g per km.
The Passat GTE and Passat GTE Variant will be launched in Holland, Germany, Japan, France and Nordic countries this autumn. It will reach Spain in 2016. With this launch, Volkswagen – one of LIVE’s managing members – is demonstrating its commitment to the electric vehicle sector.