Following the announcement last month that the new enhanced Passat is open for order , Volkswagen has now revealed further details of additional engines available – including the popular plug-in hybrid GTE model.
The updated Passat GTE has an electric-only range of 43 miles NEDC (33 to 36 miles WLTP), an increase over the previous 31 mile (NEDC) range. It will start from £36,390 for the saloon and £37,920 for the Estate, representing a saving of £1,635 over the outgoing Passat GTE. The previous car accounted for one in ten Passat sales in the UK but Volkswagen expects the new improved GTE to account for one in four Passat sales.
GTE standard features include 17-inch ‘Nivelle’ alloy wheels, sports suspension, blue brake calipers, distinctive signature ‘C’ shape front LED running lights, Discover Navigation system with 8.0-inch colour screen and a charging point in the radiator grille. If customers opt for the GTE Advance model, they will benefit from 18-inch ‘Monterrey’ alloy wheels, IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, Discover Navigation Pro with 9.2-inch colour screen and keyless entry with an easy open boot.
Patrick McGillycuddy, Head of Sales Operations at Volkswagen UK, said: “We are very pleased to have such a strong offering in the new Passat. It debuts many exciting new technologies for the Volkswagen brand such as Travel Assist and wireless App Connect, so is the perfect companion for families and business users that travel long distances.
“The previous Passat GTE was incredibly popular in the UK and I’m happy to say that we have increased the mix for the new model to match this strong demand. In fact, we expect 25 per cent of sales for the new Passat will be the GTE.”