Volkswagen is set to reveal the new Passat GT Concept at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The VW Passat GT Concept is designed by the company’s North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Combining fresh styling updates with the powerful 280-hp VR6® engine, the Passat GT concept previews a potential addition to the Passat lineup. The concept was created by Volkswagen’s North American Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.
“The Passat GT is an early example of how the new Volkswagen North American Region will meet the needs and desires of American customers going forward,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American Region, Volkswagen. “We have the freedom and the responsibility to shape future vehicles here in the U.S., combining engineering resources from around the world with our unique perspective and talented local team.”
More than 20 design changes from the standard Passat mark the GT as a unique, eye-catching sedan. Starting from the black honeycomb grille insert with red accent lines that harken to those on the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the upgrades include unique bumper treatments, black window surrounds, a black roof and trunk spoiler, LED headlights, smoked taillights, a dual trapezoidal exhaust and a sport muffler. The 19-inch Tornado wheels cover red-painted brake calipers, and a 0.6-inch reduction in ride height gives the Passat GT concept a road-hugging stance.
Inside, the Passat GT creates a sportier impression with carbon-fiber pattern door trim and instrument panel, two-tone black-and-gray sport seats with contrast stitching, a black headliner and piano black center console trim.
Power comes from the Volkswagen 3.6-liter TSI® VR6, which makes 280 horsepower, tied to a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, controlled through shift paddles behind the steering wheel.
2016 Los Angeles Auto Show/Automobility LA
The 2016 Automobility LA takes place from 18 – 27 November at Los Angeles Convention Center’s campus, which includes a new Technology Pavilion; a temporary structure built to house nearly 40 auto-tech exhibits and the Roadshow stage.
AutoMobility LA has been in the works for the past five years. Recognizing that professionals from the auto and tech sectors began working closer together, the organizer created the Advanced Tech Showcase in 2012, to highlight this burgeoning intersection of the industry. That evolved into the Connected Car Expo (CCE) in 2013, when a world-class conference component was added to address changes in the industry. CCE doubled in size (attendance and exhibitors) year after year; that, with the growing presence of a new breed of attendees at LA Auto Show’s Press & Trade Days resulted in steady, calculated merger of the two shows into one huge event for the new automotive ecosystem.