Paris Motor Show LIVE: Volkswagen Passat GTE image

The Volkswagen Passat GTE has made its public debut recently, during the 2014th edition of the Paris Motor Show.

The German based automaker Volkswagen has officially pulled the wraps off the brand new Passat GTE just a few days ago but the model has recently made its public debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. The vehicle in question is a plug-in hybrid version of the new Passat generation and, visually speaking, it’s not that different than its petrol / diesel powered sibling. VW however has slightly modified it so it would be easier for petrol heads to check it out at a traffic light.

The Volkswagen Passat GTE has some blue accents on the radiator grille, a different front bumper, C-shaped LED lights, larger wheels, redesigned gear knob, flat bottom steering wheel wrapped in leather and blue ambient lighting, amongst others. The most important part of the model is found under its hood where the 1.4L TSI petrol engine is resting. This is rated at 156 HP (115 kW) and it is backed up by a 115 HP (84 kW) and 400 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque electric motor. The assembly is good for 218 HP (160 kW). Power is sent to the wheels through a 6-speed dual clutch gearbox. The model needs less than 8 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standstill and it has a top speed of 220 km/h. The average fuel consumption stands at just 2L / 100km.