Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept Details:
- Global debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan
- All-new version of the VW 1.4L AE211 TSI engine with 150hp ad 184 lb-ft of torque
- Gas saving systems include Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology, coasting function, and stop/start system
- Manufacturer estimated highway fuel economy rating of 42mpg
The Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept will make its global debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show next week in Detroit, Michigan. The concept aims to demonstrate just how fuel-efficient a non-hybrid gasoline-engine mid-sized sedan can be. While it's based on the current Passat, the BlueMotion label sets it apart from the rest of the model lineup as the most fuel efficient.
Featuring an all-new version of the VW 1.4L AE211 TSI engine with direct injection and turbocharging, this engine also offers Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology used on previous European VW Polo and Golf models. The ACT system deactivates the valvetrain on cylinders two and three when the driver applies only light throttle pressure to maintain specific city speeds.
Two additional gas-saving technologies are also used on the Passat BlueMotion Concept. The "coasting function" is the same type found in the Jetta Hybrid, where the DSG transmission decouples the engine as soon as the driver releases the gas pedal. There is also a stop/start system that shuts off the engine when the car comes to a temporary stop; as soon as the driver takes their foot off the brake the engine starts up again. All of these systems and technologies result in the manufacturer estimated highway fuel economy rating of 42mpg, while the engine is also claimed to deliver 150hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
The exterior is painted in a Reef Blue Metallic that will also be introduced on other Passat models. The interior features two-tone seats that carry blue dividing lines between the darker and lighter leather seating surfaces. Additionally, stitching also indicates this as a member of the BlueMotion family.