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).

Gallery: Volkswagen Passat GTE Sedan starts from €44,250 in Germany; Variant costs €45,250

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