All petrol (TSI) and diesel (TDI) engines operate with particulate filters
Enhanced GTE and new 2.0 TDI Evo. Eight drive variants with a power spectrum from 88 kW / 120 PS to 200 kW / 272 PS will be available for the new Passat. A special focus is on the Passat GTE's significantly enhanced plug-in hybrid drive: the latest generation has a battery with 31 percent higher energy content (13 kWh). Result: the electrical range has been increased to up to 56 km (WLTP). This means that most of the daily distances in the city can be covered emission-free. With the 160 kW / 218 PS plug-in hybrid drive – a combination of battery, DSG, electric motor and turbocharged petrol engine (TSI) – the saloon and estate already comply with Euro 6d emission standard, which will not apply to new cars until 2021. In addition, there are three fully fledged TSI engines with 110 kW / 150 PS, 140 kW / 190 PS and 200 kW / 272 PS. The new highly efficient turbo diesel engine 2.0 TDI Evo with 110 kW / 150 PS is making its début in the Passat. The four-cylinder generates significantly less CO2 than the comparable engine in its predecessor and is regarded as a pioneer of a new TDI generation. The 2.0 TDI Evo in the new Passat features a dual catalytic converter SCR system and dual AdBlue dosing on the emissions side. The three other Passat diesel engines develop 88 kW / 120 PS, 140 kW / 190 PS and 176 kW / 240 PS. All TSI and TDI units fulfil the requirements of the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard. In addition, every new Passat – whether a petrol or diesel engine – is equipped with a particulate filter. The TDIs also have an SCR catalytic converter.
Plug-in hybrid drive with longer electrical range
Passat GTE and Passat Estate GTE. Volkswagen has significantly increased the electric range of the Passat GTE, which is equipped with a plug-in hybrid drive. According to WLTP measurements, the Passat GTE now covers up to 55 km (Estate) and 56 km (Saloon) respectively in both emission-free and silent enhanced electrical driving mode. The purely electric range of the predecessor – determined as the NEDC value (New European Driving Cycle) – was 50 km. The new Passat GTE. has a range of around 70 km in this cycle. The advantages of electric mobility and the qualities of a long-distance vehicle are merged in the new Passat GTE into one of the most efficient mid-range models of our time.
Starting in E-MODE. The Volkswagen is designed to complete the short distances in urban areas purely electrically. That's why the Passat GTE. always starts purely electrically in E-mode when the battery is sufficiently charged and thus becomes a zero-emission vehicle in urban regions. As a result of the greater zero-emissions radius, the new plug-in hybrid drive is particularly recommended to all motorists living in cities or commuting to work in cities as the ideal form of transport. Even in large cities such as Berlin or Paris, the 31 percent increase in the energy content of the battery from 9.9 kWh to 13.0 kWh is now enough to cover most daily distances electrically and thus emission-free. Thanks to a newly configured hybrid mode, it is now also much easier to store sufficient electrical energy even during long journeys in order to travel emission-free in the urban destination area.
Combination of electric engine and TSI engine. For longer distances and above 140 km/h, the powerful electric motor supports the Passat GTE’s efficient petrol engine (TSI) with the objective of optimising drivability and efficiency. In this context, the more efficient interaction between electric motor and combustion engine boosts efficiency. Electric energy can be used in the Passat GTE for fully electric driving, but also to improve drivability. The electric thrust acts like an additional booster, unfolding its very own dynamic, especially in sporty GTE mode. The TSI engine delivers 115 kW / 156 PS. The electric motor generates precisely 85kW / 115 PS. This results in a system output of 160 kW / 218 PS. The new high-voltage battery – located in the vehicle floor in front of the rear axle – supplies the electric motor with power. Power electronics convert the direct current of the battery into alternating current for the electric motor. For power transmission, the Volkswagen is equipped with an automatic 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DQ400E) developed especially for use in hybrid vehicles. The front axle is powered.
Newly configured hybrid mode. As outlined, the Passat GTE always starts in E-MODE if the lithium-ion battery is sufficiently charged. The high-voltage battery in the Passat GTE and Passat GTE Estate 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 engine)
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.
Hybrid mode – with scalable memory. To charge the battery while driving, the driver needs to activate the Drive mode selection menu either via the E-MODE button (next to the gear knob) or via the Infotainment system. E-MODE and Hybrid modes are available for selection here. If the Hybrid field is pressed, a battery scaled in ten stages (0 to 100 percent) appears; it indicates the current state of charge. The driver can intuitively identify the respective state of charge by the corresponding number of battery segments lit up in light blue; if the state of charge is 40 percent, for example, four segments would light up in light blue. Next to the battery is a symbol with two stylised gears. If the driver taps on this symbol, this switches it to manual mode. The battery's current state of charge is then maintained for the time being. As outlined, if the remaining energy content of the battery is 40 percent, four of the ten battery segments would light up. The driver now has the option of maintaining the state of charge (via the equal sign "=") or increasing it in 20 percent increments (up arrow "⮙") or lowering it to a defined level (down arrow "⮛"). If the driver selects "⮙" and increases to 80 percent (eight segments), for example, the battery is charged via the TSI and the brake energyis recuperated according to the set level on the scale; if, however, the driver selects "⮛ " and only marks two segments, for example, the energy can be used up to the set minimum of 20 percent. Whenever route guidance is active the battery manager also predictively takes into account route data to guarantee you have the desired battery energy content available at the destination. In this process, battery use is adapted on the basis of the route data.
E-MODE – zero emission vehicle. As outlined, the Passat GTE starts automatically in E-MODE (unless the battery is not sufficiently charged or the temperature outside is extremely low, in which case the TSI engine is selected). The drive system will automatically switch to Hybrid mode once the battery reaches its minimum charge level or if very high performance is required. Using the E-MODE button, the driver can manually switch back to emission-free operation below 140 km/h when required. As the Passat GTE is almost noiseless in E-MODE, passers-by in the city are made aware of the car by means of electronic engine sound; the electronic engine noise is activated automatically when the ignition is switched on. The electronic engine sound can be deactivated via a switch in the lower part of the centre console – for example when manoeuvring at night in a residential area.
GTE mode – the sporty side of the Passat. The driver can use the GTE button to switch to GTE mode (to the left of the gear knob) and take full advantage of the Passat GTE’s exceptionally agile characteristics. The driver will now immediately notice the enhanced dynamic performance of the accelerator pedal, gearbox and steering wheel. Furthermore, the TSI is calibrated to be more oriented toward performance. In GTE mode, the TSI and electric motor work together to provide an extra boost, enabling the vehicle to make full use of the system power and benefit from maximum system torque. The sound also changes inside the vehicle, as GTE mode produces a corresponding GTE sound when activated. Finally, GTE mode tunes the vehicle chassis to make it tauter when used in conjunction with the optional adaptive chassis control (DCC).
Driving profile selection. Between the buttons for GTE and E-MODE mode, there is a button for optionally selecting the driving profile (vehicle symbol plus Mode lettering). The driving profile selection is not an exclusive feature of the Passat GTE. The Eco (supports an energy-saving driving style), Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual (individual adaptation of various vehicle parameters) profiles are available for selection.
Charging by plug – with 2.3 or 3.6 kW. By default, the Passat GTE's battery is charged externally via an interface in the front end (plug-in). If the battery were completely empty, charging would be completed in five hours and 30 minutes* when connected to the 230 volt electricity grid via the standard charging cable for 2.3 kW alternating current. The charging time falls to four hours and 30 minutes* with a wall box or a charging station with 360 volts and optional charging cable for 3.6 kW alternating current (* = preliminary values). The battery charger integrated in the car manages charging fully automatically; the driver only has to connect the plugs – plug and play in the best sense of the word.
Three TSI engines with 150 PS, 190 PS and 272 PS
1.5 TSI with 110 kW / 150 PS. The Passat's TSI engine, which delivers 150 PS between 5,000 and 6,000 rpm, offers pure high-tech – a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a displacement of 1.5 litres and variable Active Cylinder Management (ACT). The TSI is particularly agile and cultivated; in a speed range of only 1,500 rpm it develops its maximum torque of 250 Nm (up to 3,500 rpm). The NEDC consumption for the variant with a manual gearbox is 5.2 l/100 km (118 g/km CO2). The optional 7-speed DSG achieves 5.1 l/100 km and 117 g/km CO2. The corresponding values for the Estate: 5.3 l/100 and 121 g/km CO2 (switch) and 5.3 l/100 and 120 g/km CO2 (DSG). All Passat 1.5 TSIs are front-wheel drive.
2.0 TSI with 140 kW / 190 PS. In the next output stage Volkswagen uses a 2.0-litre TSI engine generating 140 kW / 190 PS (4,200 to 6,000 rpm). As a rule, this engine is also available in conjunction with a 7-speed DSG. This four-cylinder engine is characterised by a high maximum torque of 320 Nm, available within an ample engine speed range between 1,500 and 4,100 rpm. The Saloon with the 190-PS TSI engine reaches a top speed of up to 238 km/h. The combined NEDC consumption amounts to 6.3 l/100 km and the corresponding CO2 emissions total 144 g/km. The Passat Variant with this engine reaches a top speed of 232 km/h. Its NEDC consumption and CO2 values (combined) are: 6.4 l/100 km and 146 g/km.
2.0 TSI with 200 KW / 272 PS. The Passat’s most powerful engine variant generates 200 kW / 272 PS (5,500 to 6,200 rpm). Just like in all other 2.0 TSI engines installed in the mid-range best-seller, its displacement is exactly 1,984 cm3. It delivers its maximum torque of 350 Nm as of 2,000 rpm and constantly maintains this high level up to 5,400 rpm. The top speed of the Saloon and Estate has been electronically limited to 250 km/h, which is also the top speed of the Passat Alltrack that is available with this engine. All versions within this output stage feature 7-speed DSG and four-wheel drive. The Saloon's NEDC consumption value amounts to 7.0 l/100 km (corresponding CO2 emissions: 160 g/km). Respective values for the Passat Estate and Passat Alltrack: 7.1 l/100 km and 163 g/km.
Four TDI engines with 120 PS, 150 PS, 190 PS and 240 PS
2.0 TDI Evo with 110 kW / 150 PS. With an output of 110 kW / 150 PS, the new 2.0 TDI Evo (1,968 cm3) will become one of the most important high-volume engines of the Passat. The most recent assembly within the EA288 TDI engine family is anticipated to enhance the Passat’s power unit range during the second half of the year. The output and torque development values differ slightly depending on the gearbox combination – either a manual 6-speed gearbox or an automatic 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG). In conjunction with the manual 6-speed gearbox the unit generates its maximum output between 3,250 rpm and 4,200 rpm. The maximum torque of 340 Nm is available between 1,600 and 3,000 rpm. The version featuring 7-speed DSG generates 150 PS between 3,000 and 4,200 rpm and in this variant, the maximum torque increases to 360 Nm (between 1,600 and 2,750 rpm).
- Technology of the 2.0 TDI Evo in detail: The four-cylinder Evo engine merges the thermodynamic benefits of 2.0-litre engines with the lower internal friction of 1.6-litre engines from the EA288 range. In terms of technology, the new TDI differs from the previous EA288 engines by elements including a so-called efficiency crankshaft group, a dethrottled intake section, dual-circuit thermal management as well as a dethrottled emission control module. The new efficiency crankshaft group is characterised by reduced main bearing and conrod bearing diameters as well as a new piston ring package. On-demand piston cooling nozzles, optimised valves and a fully variable oil pump represent other measures to reduce the engine’s frictional loss. The engine’s thermal dynamics have been improved by new steel pistons and extended conrods. The gas exchange has become more efficient thanks to a reduction in exhaust gas back pressure, a dethrottled intake section and an optimised turbocharger. The engine’s weight has additionally been cut thanks to the newly developed crankshaft. The new dual-circuit cooling (separate engine block and engine head cooling) is supplemented by enhanced thermal management: an on-demand main coolant pump and volume-flow controlled, electric coolant circulation pump guarantees added efficiency. Compared with the predecessor engine all measures result in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. The 2.0 TDI Evo in the new Passat features a dual catalytic converter SCR system and dual AdBlue dosing on the emissions side. The consumption and emission values of the Passat 2.0 TDI Evo and Passat Estate 2.0 TDI Evo will be published upon market launch in the second half of the year.
1.6 TDI with 88 kW / 120 PS. The TDI engine with a displacement of 1,598 cm3 marks the start of the Passat’s turbo diesel engine range. As a rule, this engine is available in combination with a 7-speed DSG. The engine generates its maximum output between 3,600 and 4,000 rpm and its maximum torque of 250 Nm is available between 1,600 and 3,250 rpm. With this engine, the Saloon reaches a top speed of 205 km/h (Variant: 199 km/h). The Saloon’s combined NEDC consumption value is between 4.2 and 4.1 l/100 km (Estate: 4.4 l/100 km); NEDC CO2 emissions total values between 109 and 107 g/km (Estate: 116 g/km).
2.0 TDI with 140 kW / 190 PS. The Passat 2.0 TDI with 190 PS is also available as standard with a 7-speed DSG. This engine can optionally also be combined with 4MOTION four-wheel drive. The 2.0 TDI engine generates its maximum output between 3,500 and 4,000 rpm. From 1,900 rpm the engine produces its maximum torque of 400 Nm and it maintains this high value up to 3,250 rpm. Combined NEDC values for the front-wheel drive Saloon amount to 4.5 l/100 km and 117 g/km CO2 (4MOTION: 4.9 l/100 km and 129 g/km). The front-wheel drive Variant consumes 4.6 l/100 km and generates 120 g/km CO2 (4MOTION: 5.0 l/100 km and 132 g/km). The independent Passat Alltrack variant with permanent four-wheel drive is also available with the 190 PS TDI engine. Its combined consumption is 5.1 l/100 km and the CO2 value totals 133 g/km.
2.0 TDI with 176 kW / 240 PS. The 2.0 TDI with 240 PS (at 4,000 rpm) is the most powerful turbo diesel direct-injection engine within the Passat range. The engine’s technology is characterised by a twin turbo module featuring a high-pressure and low-pressure turbocharger. Fitted with the top-of-the-range TDI, the Saloon reaches a top speed of 247 km/h and the Variant delivers a top speed of 241 km/h. As a result of the high maximum torque amounting to 500 Nm (1,750 to 2,500 rpm) the Passat and Passat Variant generating 240 PS are equipped with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and 7-speed DSG as standard. Its low consumption values are remarkable in light of the high output: 5.8 l/100 (Saloon) and 5.9 l/100 km (Variant). CO2 emissions: 151 and 156 g/km. This engine version is also available for the Passat Alltrack. Here are its corresponding top speed, consumption and CO2 emission values: 239 km/h, 5.9 l/100 km and 157g /km.
Adaptive chassis control (DCC) perfects comfort and dynamics
Individually configurable DCC. The new Passat is optionally available in connection 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.