The Volkswagen carmaker has announced its newest hybrid midsize sedan and it is the 2018 VW Passat GTE. The upcoming Passat is expected to arrive pretty much unchanged. Visually it is very similar to the standard model and features almost identical cabin as the regular model. The 2018 model year will probably offer the same styling as before which is conservative but handsome. The interior is very spacious and very well equipped with plenty of advanced safety and infotainment features. Under the hood, it features a strong plug-in hybrid drivetrain which can provide an all-electric range of around 31 miles. Compared to the traditional diesel version, the hybrid model will be of course more expensive.
Its main rivals on the market will include Mercedes-Benz E350e and BMW 340e.
2018 VW Passat GTE engine and performance
Under the hood of the future 2018 VW Passat GTE will be placed a plug-in hybrid engine. It is going to be a combination of a 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine which can produce 165 hp and an electric motor of 115 horses. All together, they will be able to develop up to 215 horses. There will also be a lithium-ion battery of 9.9 kWh which will provide an all-electric range of around 31 miles. The full recharge of the battery takes around 4 hours and 15 minutes however with the optional 360V wallbox it takes two and a half hours. Furthermore, its speed will be limited to 140 mph and it will be able to hit 62 mph in around 7.6 seconds.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior design, the 2018 VW Passat GTE will look very similar to the standard version. However, it will feature specific blue strip on the front in order to differ from the rest of the lineup. Generally, the Passat GTE will look very conservative and conventional. The front end is dominated by the chrome radiator grille and a pair of nicely shaped headlamps. Below the grille, there will be C-shaped LED daytime running lights in the bumper. The headlamps will also be available with LED lighting. The new VW GTE will ride on the standard 17-inch alloy wheels.
The interior of the new 2018 VW Passat GTE will be almost identical to the cabin of the standard model. This is in fact very good since the Passat offers one of the best interiors in its class. The new VW is very spacious and very quality. It can accommodate up to five passengers without any discomfort. The rear seats can place three adults and provide excellent head and leg room. The front seats are very cozy and supportive and the driver’s seat is power-adjustable as well.
As for the equipment, some of the standard features will include a touchscreen with the infotainment system, air conditioning, keyless entry, audio system, USB, a rearview camera and so on. Some of the safety systems will be airbags, stability control, traction control, blind spot alert, pedestrian monitoring systems etc.
Release date and price
It is still not confirmed but the 2018 VW Passat GTE should arrive sometime during next year. Speaking of the price, it will cost around $52,000.