This is the future of VW’s gas motors. Turbo 1.4L four cylinders with cylinder deactivation (A first for a four-cylinder, at least for the US), start/stop, and a unique “coasting” mode for the Dual Clutch Transmission(DCT), which allows the Passat to fully disengage the clutch, and thereby allowing the car to coast with the least amount of mechanical drag possible. Current DCT’s will keep the motor engaged while coasting and engine brake. Exterior details just include a special Reef Blue Metallic color, and the interior gets special two-tone seats for the concept. Otherwise, it’s what you expect from the current Passat. Why this over a TDi package? In some parts of the country, diesel is not as accessible or anywhere near as cheap as gasoline. And simply enough, there are those who simply don’t want a diesel. The image of the slow, clackity diesel engines of yore still sit in Americans’ memories. The Passat BlueMotion intends to close this fuel efficiency gap, and offer buyers a more conventional package.
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