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Volkswagen confirms plug-in hybrid for 2015 Passat range

Due to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October, the eighth generation Passat will feature fuel efficiency improvements of up to 20% thanks in part to an 85kg reduction in weight and a marginal decrease in size, despite a larger cabin.

The plug-in hybrid, which will be available as an estate or saloon – will share its drivetrain with the Golf GTE, pairing a 154bhp 1.4 TSI petrol engine with a 108bhp electric motor. This offers a 31-mile electric range from its lithium-ion battery, and a maximum combined range of around 600 miles, while producing 208bhp and reaching 62mph in under eight seconds. The charging port is concealed behind the grille badge.

New technology will include a new version of Park Assist which can drive forwards into perpendicular spaces, a 360-degree overhead view, remote control via a smartphone app and the latest autonomous emergency braking and cruise control functions.  

Volkswagen has also confirmed a 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel engine, available only with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive, which will deliver 238bhp.

Early sketches (shown) indicate that the Passat will adopt a similar grille to the 2012 Cross Coupe diesel-hybrid SUV concept car, with Volkswagen revealing that hybrid versions will feature all-LED headlamps. 

Full details will be announced in early July, with UK sales due to start at the end of the year and first deliveries expected in 2015.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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