|Volkswagen has just extended its Passat range via the introduction of the new GTE and Alltrack (Sport Wagon). The Volkswagen GTE and Alltrack are already available at dealerships in Germany, and the roll-out of the variant for worldwide markets can be expected soon.|
The Passat GTE is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI engine delivering 156 PS (115 kW) and an electric motor producing 125 PS (85 kW). The combined direct-injection engine and motor offers an output of 219 PS (160 kW), and the Li-On battery provides charges itself via regenerative braking as the car moves along. Charging can also be performed at home via the attached cable.
In all-electric mode, the Passat GTE is able to be driven up to 50 kilometers in emission-free mode. With the 50-liter tank full and the full-charged battery, the range can improve to a huge 1,100 km. The GTE’s main distinguishing features externally are its C-shaped LED daytime running lights and a blue bar across the radiator grille that protrudes into the headlights.
There are special GTE features inside as well, such as an instrument cluster with power meters and an infotainment system with a menu matrix for functions and displays specific to each drive system. Many of the Passat GTE’s functions can optionally be controlled and monitored via smart phone using the ‘Car-Net e-Remote’ app. The functions include charging the battery, activating the air-conditioning functions or tracking where the car’s parked.
In the other corner, you have the Passat Alltrack that’s based on latest Passat Estate or Wagon. The Alltrack boasts these outstandings features: an off-road look, 4Motion four-wheel drive and new technologies. The Passat Alltrack has its own unique exterior design such as bumpers coordinated to the bodywork with underbody protection in stainless steel look, robust wheel arches and side-sill covers in an ‘anthracite’ finish and sill extensions. Ground clearance has been increased by 27.5 millimeters to assure a more comfortable ride, overall.
At the same time, the Passat Alltrack scores a bunch of points with plenty of ultra-modern technologiess, for example a special off-road driving program, adjustable suspension, 4Motion 4-wheel drive, and a range of active safety systems like the EDS (electronic differential lock) and XDS+. Thanks to the driving profile selection and optional DCC Adaptive Chassis Control, the Alltrack provides an extremely comfortable ride and simultaneously masters off-road terrain. Lastly, the Passat Alltrack is considered an ideal towing vehicle as it can tow a load of up 2,200kg (even up to an incline of 12 per cent).
The Passat GTE runs at 44, 250 for the sedan and 45,250 Euros for the estate, while the Passat Alltrack is available from 38,550 euros.