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Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept is One Efficient Non-Hybrid

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/8/2014 Karla Sanchez

Volkswagen wants to prove that hybrid and diesel powertrains aren't necessary to achieve impressive efficiency. Making a case for how efficient a non-hybrid, gasoline-powered midsize sedan could be is the Passat BlueMotion Concept, which will be revealed at next week’s 2014 Detroit auto show.

Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept Based on the current Passat, the BlueMotion steps it up in the fuel economy department by achieving an estimated 42 mpg on the highway. The fuel-sipping sedan is highlighted by a 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI I-4 engine (good for 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque) featuring Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology, which shuts down the second and third cylinders at low speeds in an effort to save fuel. Like the Jetta Hybrid, the Passat BlueMotion also utilizes a coasting function, in which the DSG transmission decouples the engine as soon as the driver takes their foot off the gas pedal. In addition to the aforementioned technology, a start-stop system also helps the Passat BlueMotion break the 40 mpg barrier.

For comparison, the current Passat with the 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 with a six-speed manual transmission achieves 43 mpg on the highway, while the Passat with the turbocharged 1.8-liter I-4 paired with a five-speed manual achieves 35 mpg.

Painted in Reef Blue Metallic, the Passat BlueMotion concept also boasts two-tone leather seats with blue trim. For those who like the paint color on the concept, Volkswagen says the exterior color will be introduced on other Passat models.

Expect more details to be revealed when the concept is unveiled at the 2014 Detroit auto show next week.

Source: Volkswagen

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