VW reveals Passat GT Concept at 2016 LA Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on November 15, 2016

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.

Press Release

VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS PASSAT GT CONCEPT AT AUTOMOBILITY LA

This week at Automobility LA, Volkswagen of America, Inc. will unveil the Passat GT concept, designed by the company’s North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tenn. Combining fresh styling updates with the powerful 280-hp VR6® engine, the Passat GT concept previews a potential addition to the Passat lineup. The concept was created by Volkswagen’s North American Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.

“The Passat GT is an early example of how the new Volkswagen North American Region will meet the needs and desires of American customers going forward,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American Region, Volkswagen. “We have the freedom and the responsibility to shape future North American vehicles here in the U.S., combining engineering resources from around the world with our unique perspective and talented local team.”

More than 20 design changes from the standard Passat mark the GT as a unique, eye-catching sedan. Starting from the black honeycomb grille insert with red accent lines that harken to those on the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the upgrades include unique bumper treatments, black window surrounds, a black roof and trunk spoiler, LED headlights, smoked taillights, a dual trapezoidal exhaust and a sport muffler. The 19-inch Tornado wheels cover red-painted brake calipers, and a 0.6-inch reduction in ride height gives the Passat GT concept a road-hugging stance.

Inside, the Passat GT creates a sportier impression with carbon-fiber pattern door trim and instrument panel, two-tone black-and-gray sport seats with contrast stitching, a black headliner and piano black center console trim. Power comes from the Volkswagen 3.6-liter FSI® VR6, which makes 280 horsepower, tied to a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, controlled through shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

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