Lightweight Volkswagen Passat plug-in hybrid gets 600-mile range

Volkswagen’s all-new Passat isn’t due to be revealed until July, but the German automaker has already confirmed that a plug-in hybrid version will be offered.

Anticipated to use to the same drivetrain as the Volkswagen Golf GTE we experienced earlier this year, the Passat plug-in hybrid will boast a total range of around 600 miles, 31 miles of which can be undertaken using electricity alone.

The Golf GTE, which will not go on sale in the US, achieves its 583-mile range using 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and a 101hp electric motor. Performance is strong, with total power output at 201hp and a sprint from 0 to 60mph in 7.6 seconds – marginally faster than the BMW i3 Range Extender.

There is, however, a chance that the plug-in hybrid Passant will use a new high-performance bi-turbo diesel engine that develops 240hp and significant torque instead. So-equipped, the Passat would be a very quick car, particularly with torque-fill from the electric motor.


Despite these aggressive renderings, the eight-generation Passat is unlikely to stray too far from the path it currently walks in terms of design, but changes underneath mean that fuel economy is expected to improve by 20 percent across the range. Volkswagen also says that while the new car will be fractionally smaller than the current model, interior space will improve.

While European sales commence later this year, so far Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed the Passat Plug-in Hybrid for the US. Should it become available stateside, however, competition would come in the form of the Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Accord PHEV, and possibly a similar version of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Further details of the Passat Plug-in Hybrid will become available in July.

Posted by Richard Lane

Richard is a London-based automotive journalist specialising in future mobility and sustainable design. Having fallen for cars because of the virtues of a particular German flat-six, it's what we'll all be driving next that now interests Richard most. Dream garage: Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior and a Detroit Electric SP:01.

  1. Great to have a PHEV, but too frustrating to see VW announcing another so much desired PHEV … again with a VERY DISAPPOINTING 10KWH battery pack that will require 2 x charges per day to make in “all electric mode”; my average 65-100KM local commutes with heating or air condition on, plus radio, plus everything on. And of course they don’t say how many cycles this battery will last before delivering 80% of it origin capacity.

    Assuming a good quality 3000 x cycle model was selected (TBC), that means the battery will only last 5 years, while it it had been rightly sized say 18-20KWH to limit to one charge per day it could have lasted (my minimum) 10 Years, and if they had offered a “great” 30KWH, allowing only one charge every 2 x days it could have lasted (my ideal) 20 Years, maximizing re-sale value of these PHEVs tomorrow.
    And they don’t even offer to double nor triple that capacity on option basis. So they will just KEEP these 1st PHEV for themselves. Sorry but again nobody should buy a PHEV with such a ridiculous battery capacity, full stop.

    Last month Audi TT Off-Road PHEV concept, presented at China show, with 12KWH capacity (Not clear if available for EV range or total), and almost everything else set “right”, gave me a hope VW Group had understood this; 10KWH was “just too small”, and I was hoping final model would come with closer to 20KWH pack, and behind them the future Porsche Macan PHEV could get even a little more like 30KWH…

    But now again I’m confused and think VW just did not get it, hence the other models will likely be wrong sized again and again. Too bad, they will keep them till they do that battery sizing right, one way or another.


    1. Well. You are looking at it from the wrong perspective. This is not a car for the EV enthusiats, environmentalists and early adopters.
      This is a car which will be price competetive with increased performance which makes this the best option for a car buyer out of the “big mass” who is in the market for a Passat and not an EV. The EV part will just be an added benefit when sales persons (hopefully) tell the customer that they have an option that has a cheaper total cost, is automatic, has four wheel drive and better performance than what they went there to buy. AND add some EV incentives that are avaliable in some countries as another unexpected benefit.
      It’s a car that could easily sell in the tens of thousands monthly.


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