Ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its all-new Passat GTE a.k.a. the plug-in hybrid version of their Passat B8. Available in both Sedan and Variant versions, the Passat GTE follows the same recipe as the Golf GTE and uses a hybrid system consisting of a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine that delivers 156 hp (115 kW) and is bolted to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission as well as an electric motor with 115 hp (85 kW) and 400 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque.
The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 218 hp or 160 kW. As a result, the Passat GTE accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 8 seconds, with a top speed limited at 220 km/h or 137 mph.
Regarding the fuel consumption, Volkswagen says that its Passat GTE will need around 2.0 l/100 km (combined) or 141 mpg and 13.0 kWh/100 km, while CO2 emissions are just 45 g/km. Due to the low fuel consumption, the Passat GTE will qualify for the French challenge of having the 2 l/km cars by 2020. This means that with a full tank of fuel (50 liters) and a fully charged lithium-ion battery, the Passat GTE promises a range of 1,000 km or 622 miles.