Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion

The B8-generation Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion has been revealed for the UK market. Models designated with the BlueMotion tag represent the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid Volkswagen vehicles. As expected then, the same story is repeated here on the new Passat, which is available in either a sedan or wagon body style.

Based on the regular ‘S’ variant, the Passat BlueMotion is distinguished by its 17-inch ‘Soho’ alloy wheels, wrapped in low-rolling resistance tyres. Aside from that, external differences include reworked front and rear bumpers, chrome front grille highlights, BlueMotion badging and 15 mm drop in ride height – the latter courtesy of a sports suspension setup.

Under the bonnet lies the most significant change, of course. The Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion features a reengineered turbocharged 1.8 litre four-cylinder TDI diesel engine that pumps out 118 hp and 250 Nm of torque courtesy of a selective catalytic reduction (CRS) system. As a result, CO2 emissions now stand at 95 g/km with fuel consumption rated at 32.4 km/l, on both the wagon and sedan variants.

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Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid.

Paired exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox, the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion completes the century sprint in 10.8 seconds and tops out at 209 km/h – the wagon variant stops the clock in 11 seconds dead while top speed is rated at 207 km/h.

Inside, the Passat BlueMotion comes with a 6.5-inch Composition Media infotainment system and start-stop as standard. Other tech/safety bits include Pre-Collision Braking System, driver alert and battery regeneration. The sedan variant is priced at £23,200 (RM135,833) for sedan while the wagon is slightly costlier at £24,750 (RM144,908). Order books are now open in the UK with deliveries set for August 2015.

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