Unveiled back in September 2014 at the Paris Motor Show, the Volkswagen Passat GTE is now available in Germany.

Unveiled back in September 2014 at the Paris Motor Show, the Volkswagen Passat GTE is now available in Germany.

The most economical Passat carries a starting price of €44,250 for the sedan and if you want the more practical Variant version the price rises by €1,000. Volkswagen says the frugal mid-size sedan/wagon consumes only 1.6 liters / 100 km (147 mpg US or 176.5 mpg UK) based on the NEDC standard for hybrid vehicles, with corresponding CO2 emissions of only 37 g/km. Moreover, it can also be driven in electric mode for up to 50 km (31 miles) thanks to a 9.9 kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery.

Power comes from a plug-in hybrid system encompassing a four-cylinder, 1.4-liter TSI engine developing 156 PS (115 kW) working together with an electric motor that delivers 115 PS (85 kW). Thanks to this hardware arrangement, the Passat GTE has a combined output of 218 PS (160 kW) and generates 400 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque.

Power is channeled to the wheels through a specially developed dual-clutch, six-speed gearbox enabling the models to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in less than 8 seconds before topping out at more than 136 mph (219 km/h) or 80 mph (129 km/h) when running solely on electric power.

It seems to be a great car for long journeys as Volkswagen says that with a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery pack the Passat GTE will travel for up to 1,114 km (692 miles).

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