Volkswagen of America, Inc., revealed that it will be officially unveiling the Passat GT Concept during the Automobility LA, also known as the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept itself was made possible through the brand’s North American Engineering and Planning Center located in Chattanooga. This was the result of looking into the extensive feedback from dealers and customers in the U.S. As a concept, this car serves as the preview for a possible new model to the Passat range.
In terms of overall description, the Passat GT concept is the standard Passat with new styles put in and mixed with the VR6 engine with output at 280 hp. Specifically, the Passat GT concept is powered with the 3.6-liter TSI VR6 engine that is paired to the automatic dual-clutch DSG 6-speed transmission. The transmission itself is controlled by using the shift paddles that are placed on the steering wheel.
On the inside, the Passat GT offers a more athletic feel given the carbon-fiber pattern seen on the instrument panel and the door trim. Helping with this impression are the black-and-gray two-tone sport seats that have contrast stitching. There is also console trim in piano black and the black headliner.
Compared to the standard Passat model, at least 20 changes to the design were done to come out with the GT concept and thus make it the attractive sedan it is. A good example is the honeycomb grille insert in black with red accent lines that bring to mind the same style seen on the Golf GTI. The bumpers have been given a rather distinct treatment with the black window surrounds upgraded.
Other upgrades seen on the Passat GT concept include, among others, the LED headlights, black roof, smoked taillights, trunk spoiler, sport muffler, and dual trapezoidal exhaust. Fitted to the body are the Tornado 19-inch wheels with the brake calipers in red. To give this GT concept a more road-hugging look, the brand lowered the ride height by 0.6 inch.
According to Chief Engineering Officer Dr. Matthias Erb of Volkswagen North American Region, this concept car is but an initial example of how the brand hopes to meet the needs of customers in the U.S. moving forward. He added by saying that while Volkswagen of America has the freedom, as well as the responsibility, to mold the vehicles for the U.S. market, it can also get the needed engineering resources anywhere in the world through its very own talented local team.
The LA Auto Show is an annual event held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. For 2016, events include 2 days of learning, 3 days of exciting news, and 4 days of networking. This year will also have Green Car Journal presenting the Green Car of the Year Award with Car Design News hosting the Designers’ Night Reception.