At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen will bring the Passat BlueMotion Concept, in order to show the people how fuel-efficient can a non-hybrid, gasoline-engined mid-sized sedan can be. According to the official press release, the Passat BlueMotion Concept is powered by the 1.4-liter EA211 TSI engine with direct injection and turbocharging and offering Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology.
The ACT tech is already offered on the European Vw Polo and Golf models, the ACT is able to deactivate the valvetrain on cylinders two and three for situation when the driver only applies light throttle pressure in order to maintain specific city speeds. The Passat BlueMotion Concept delivers 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
Other innovations found on the Passat BlueMotion Concept is the coasting function, offered also on the Jetta Hybrid. How does this work? Well, as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the DSG transmission decouples the engine, allowing the Passat to roll with the lowest possible mechanical drag from the other moving components.
Additional fuel savings are offred by the stop/start system, which shuts off the engine when the car comes to a temporary stop. Volkswagen says that the Passat BlueMotion Concept is able to deliver an estimated highway fuel economy rating of 42 mpg.
As you can see from the photos, the Passat BlueMotion Concept features a Reef Blue Metallic color that will be introduced on other Passat models too, while the interior comes with two-tone seats that carry blue dividing lines between the darker and lighter leather seating surfaces. The stitching indicates this is a member of the BlueMotion family.
Volkswagen Passat's symmetrical sizes give it an exclusive, ageless and superior styling, mirroring the brand-new Volkswagen Design DNA created by Walter de Silva, the Italian design chief for the Volkswagen Group, and Klaus Bischoff, the German design leader for the Volkswagen Brand.
The trademark clean design, with a prevalence of horizontal body components, fortifies the Volkswagen Passat's stance as the premium choice in the midsize class. The bottom line: this vehicle looks significantly costlier than it really is.
The essential identifying feature of a powerful brand is the aesthetic of its front end. Here the Volkswagen Passat showcases the brand-new horizontal brand face, with the three-blade grille and headlights shaping a single unit.
VW Passat's grille is etched in a three-dimensional shape and stands more upright and gives a more exclusive and exquisite impression in its stricter geometry. Underneath the front bumper is a huge, lower intake with a stunning honeycomb surface and available corner-illuminating foglights housed at each end.
From the side silhouette, the bulky ridge in the sill area generates an exuberant interplay of light reflections. Potently etched wheel arches accentuate the dynamic qualities of the Passat. To accentuate the aerodynamic styling of the Volkswagen Passat, the roof lines glide toward the rear with an almost coupe-like cut of the rear window. Three side windows produce extravagant-class style with an elongated, expanded glass surface.
The rear section is likewise ruled by horizontal lines. The lines of the huge taillights ascend toward the sides, highlighting the dynamics of the exquisite rear styling. Another exclusive element here is the design of the two-section taillights that are incorporated in the rear fender and trunk cover.