Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion® Concept Shown at 2014 NAIAS
This week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), we got our first glimpse of the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion® Concept, whose aim to show the potential for fuel-efficiency in a non-hybrid, gasoline-engined mid-size sedan. BlueMotion builds upon the pre-existing Passat platform and drops in an all-new engine that is capable of getting an estimated 42 miles per gallon, which would be best among all mid-size sedans not powered by a hybrid/non-gasoline powertrain.
Featuring beneath the hood of the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion® Concept is an updated version of the VW 1.4-liter EA211 TSI® engine. On top of the direct injection and turbocharging that the original EA211 benefits from, the new version utilizes Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology, which was previously used on the European-exclusibe VW Polo and Golf. According to Volkswagen’s press release, ACT deactivates the valvetrain on cylinders two and three in situations when the driver only needs to apply light throttle pressure to maintain certain city speeds.
Additionally, the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion® Concept also uses the coasting function present in the Jetta Hybrid, in which the DSG® transmission decouples the engine and allows the BlueMotion® Concept to roll with as little drag as possible. An auto start/stop feature also contributes considerably toward saving fuel for the driver.
Together, these aspects of the Passat BlueMotion® allow for 42 mpg highway, 150 horsepower, and 184 lb-ft of torque.
To truly accentuate the BlueMotion notion, the Concept appears in a Reef Blue Metallic cover that catches the eye immediately and features a two-tone seating scheme with blue accents.
For a closer look at the Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion® Concept, check out the gallery below!