2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE review
Source : 2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE review
Practical Passat gets VW’s plug-in hybrid GTE treatment, gifting the item a 31-mile electric range along with CO2 emissions of just 37g/km. The Volkswagen Passat GTE will be the latest in a burgeoning number of ultra-low-emission mid-size plug-in petrol-electric hybrids to be launched in recent times.To be sold inside UK in both saloon along with, as driven here, estate bodystyles, the Passat GTE shares various elements of its high-tech driveline with the recently introduced Golf GTE. As with the smaller hatch, the plug-in Passat has the capability to run exclusively on electric propulsion for extended distances or on a combination of petrol along with electric power.Set to rival the Volvo S60 Plug-In Hybrid along with BMW 340e, the brand-new Passat GTE sports a specially tuned design of Volkswagen’s turbocharged 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which develops 164bhp along with 184lb ft as its primary form of propulsion.The transversely mounted combustion engine will be supported by an electric motor sited within the forward section of a standard six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, through where the item produces 113bhp along with 243lb ft. The disc-shaped unit can operate on its own in zero-emission electric mode or in tandem with the petrol engine for added performance Volkswagen quotes a combined system output for the Passat GTE of 215bhp along with 295lb ft, giving Wolfsburg’s latest plug-in petrol-electric hybrid a subtle 14bhp along with 37lb ft more than the smaller Golf GTE.The driver can choose between four different driving modes: E-mode, Hybrid, Battery Charge along with GTE. Volkswagen claims an electric range of up to 31 miles at speeds up to 81mph inside default E-mode, in which the Passat GTE always starts. inside GTE mode, the efforts of the petrol along with electric motor are pooled to provide a claimed 0-62mph time of 7.6sec along using a 140mph top speed.With an official combined fuel consumption figure of 176mpg, Volkswagen claims average CO2 emissions of just 37g/km.Energy for the electric motor will be provided by a 9.9kWh lithium ion battery. Some 1.2kWh larger than the Panasonic-produced battery used by the Golf GTE, the item will be assembled at Volkswagen’s Braunschweig research along with development facility through cells supplied by Samsung.Charging time on regular 240V mains electricity will be put at 4hr 15min, although customers can also choose an optional 360V wallbox which will be claimed to provide a full charge in 2hr 30min. As with the Golf GTE, the charging socket will be hidden behind a flap inside grille.With its fuel tank, which will be mounted slightly rearwards through its position on regular Passats, brimmed along with the battery, which sits underneath the rear seat, fully charged, Volkswagen says the Passat GTE boasts a theoretical range of up to 622 miles.
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