The Volkswagen Passat has always been a sought after car. Combining just the right amounts of ‘family car’ and ‘business professional’ to captivate the middle manager/family man market it has been a go to car for many. In recent years VW has even used their BlueMotion brand to sell more eco-friendly versions of the car to their consumers.
Building on this and coming next year with the eighth generation of the Passat will be a plug-in hybrid version that aims to allow drivers up to 31 miles of all electric range and a combined electric and standard fuel range of over 600 miles.
The plug-in hybrid comes with a 115kW/156PS petrol direct-injection turbocharged engine and an 80kW electric motor. This is connected to a 9.9kWh liquid cooled lithium ion battery. It will have a top speed of over 130mph (210km/h) and will do 0 – 62mph in less than 8 seconds.
Further details are scarce at the moment with more expected when the car gets it official launch at the Paris Motor Show in October this year.
The new Passat will also be 85kg lighter than the last iteration. This shedding of metal pounds has allowed VW to increase the vehicles efficiency by up to 20 per cent.
As with similar cars in its class, the new Passat will intergrate self-parking technology — such as that seen in the BMW i3, a 360-degree ‘birds-eye’ view of the car when at low speeds — such as the LEAF Tecka, and Traffic Jam Assist, helping the driver stay in the correct lane in boring stop-start traffic.
What do you think of the plug-in Passat? Would this be something you would consider getting or are you more tempted by the all-electric e-Golf? Should VW make an all-electric Passat? Let us know in the comments below.
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