Passat GTE and Passat Variant GTE
Zero emissions in the city. Volkswagen will launch the new Passat GTE with an enhanced plug-in hybrid drive as both saloon and estate models. The combination of electric motor and petrol engine brings great benefits: On the one hand, the GTE models with their combination of electric drive motor and efficient turbocharged petrol engine (160 kW / 218 PS system power) provide the benefits of a long-distance vehicle. On the other, they can be used as a zero-emission vehicle in the urban environment. With the new Passat, this now works even more impressively because the new GTE is equipped with an even larger battery. The battery’s energy content has been increased from 9.9 kWh to 13.0 kWh – a plus of 31 per cent. The pure electric range was thus extended correspondingly. This is now up to approx. 55 km in the new, realistic WLTP cycle; this is equivalent to a range of around 70 km in the old cycle (NEDC) (20 km more than the predecessor). In addition, a new operating mode configuration has made it much easier to reserve sufficient battery capacity for the target destination in a city. The plug-in hybrid drive is recommended for most commuters as the ideal engine and the Passat GTE can be used as a zero-emission vehicle in a targeted manner in urban areas and can therefore be exempt from road tolls in major cities such as London (congestion charge).
New operating mode configuration. The Passat GTE always starts in E-MODE if the lithium-ion battery is sufficiently charged. The high-voltage battery in the Passat GTE models can be charged via the external electricity grid or via the internal TSI engine and recuperation during the journey. In order to be able to travel in E-MODE in town at the end of a longer trip, Volkswagen has reconfigured the operating modes of the hybrid system and therefore simplified battery recharging during the journey. Instead of the previous five operating modes, there are now only three:
- E-MODE (purely electric driving)
- GTE (sporty driving with full system power)
- Hybrid (automatic switchover between electric motor and TSI)
- The two previous modes Battery Hold (maintaining battery charge level) and Battery Charge (charge battery via TSI) were integrated into the Hybrid mode in the new Passat GTE.
Intuitive charging during the journey. The driver selects the Driving Mode menu via the Infotainment system to charge the battery during the journey. E-MODE and Hybrid modes are available for selection here. If the driver selects the Hybrid field, a battery with ten scale steps is shown together with an equals sign (“=”) as well as arrows pointing upwards (“Ù”) or downwards (“Ú”). If the driver selects “=“, the battery’s energy level is maintained at the same level; if they select “Ù” then the battery is charged via TSI and recuperation to the selected level on the scale; if they select “Ú” then the battery can be used until it falls to the minimum level.
Charging via the electricity grid. The Passat GTE is equipped with a 3.6 kW battery charger. When connected to a conventional electrical grid with 230 volts / 2.3 kW, the battery – if completely empty – will be fully charged within six hours and 15 minutes. The charging time falls to four hours with a wall box or a charging station with 360 volts / 3.6 kW. Charging starts with connecting the plug. Delayed charging is another available option. The time delay can be set using either the Infotainment system or an app. The charging process can also be activated directly via the app – in much the same way as a remote control. In addition to the charging process, the temperature inside the vehicle can be raised or lowered – depending on the temperature outside – via the time pre-set function.
Overview of drive components. The new Passat GTE is powered by a turbocharged stratified injection engine (1.4 TSI) and an electric motor. This TSI engine delivers 115 kW / 156 PS. The electric motor generates precisely 85kW / 115 PS. The new high-voltage battery – located in the vehicle floor in front of the rear axle – supplies the electric motor with power. For power transmission, the Volkswagen is equipped with an automatic 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DQ400E) developed especially for use in hybrid vehicles. Other components of the hybrid drive include power electronics (this converts the battery’s direct current into alternating current for the electric motor) and the battery charger.
Estate and SUV crossover. The all-wheel-drive Passat Alltrack is a further independent model version. This was developed for private and business high-mileage drivers who do not just drive the Passat on surfaced roads, who want to hitch a trailer to it or who also value the perfect grip when on a skiing holiday. A progressive all-rounder that comes into its own when the going gets tough on the basis of the Passat Estate – a crossover from the estate and SUV models. The standard specification of the Passat Alltrack includes bumpers adapted for offroad driving with underbody protection, sill extensions also featuring underbody protection, and robust wheel arch extensions. Thanks to a special Offroad mode, modified running gear with greater ground clearance (172 mm) and the permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive, the Passat Alltrack is just as much at home when driving offroad on terrain otherwise reserved for SUVs. At the same time, the Passat Alltrack is also a comfortable and fast touring car. The Passat Alltrack is available with a 2.0 TSI petrol engine with 200 kW / 272 PS or a choice of two TDI diesel engines with 140 kW / 190 PS and 176 kW / 240 PS respectively. A 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) is standard for all variants.
New chassis system for perfect comfort and dynamics
The DCC in detail. The new Passat is again optionally available with the adaptive chassis control DCC (standard for some engine variants). The DCC system has also been further developed so that drivers can more individually customise the system to their personal driving style and comfort requirements. The newly tuned dampers can now also be continuously configured over an extended range – in parallel to the familiar settings (“Comfort”, “Normal,” and “Sport”). Using a slider, it is possible to set a personalised DCC mode individually and precisely over the whole range and then save this. Intermediate settings are therefore now also possible as a result. The known adjustment range is supplemented with new levels: the vehicle body is decoupled to its maximum extent below Comfort and vehicle comfort is enhanced further. Above Sport, there is an extended range with maximum damping for minimised body movement and particularly direct vehicle reactions.