It looks like the 2014 Passat Sport isnt’t be the only Passat making its way to the 2014 [Detroit Auto Show]. Alongside it, the German company will also present the Passat BlueMotion Concept, which shows that a car doesn’t necessarily need a hybrid powertrain to be fuel efficient.
The new Passat BlueMotion Concept is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI engine, dubbed the EA211. This petite powerplant makes use of direct fuel injection and turbocharging to pump out a tidy 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and travel an estimated 42 miles on a single gallon of fuel.
To achieve this Prius -like fuel economy, the BlueMotion Concept is equipped with an Active Cylinder Management (ACM) technology that deactivates cylinders two and three under light loads, and a stop/start system that shuts off the engine when the car comes to a stop.
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Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept in Detail
The concept that VW will roll out in Detroit will coated in a new Reef Blue Metallic color that will make its way onto future Passat models. A series of "Bluemotion" logos will be placed on the concept’s front and rear.
On the inside, the seats will also be offered in a two-tone trim, combined with blue dividing lines between the darker and lighter leather seating surfaces.
The Passat BlueMotion® Concept that is being presented by Volkswagen of America at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit shows just how fuel-efficient a non-hybrid, gasoline-engined mid-size sedan can be. Based on the current Passat that was developed specifically for North America, the BlueMotion label defines the version that has the best efficiency in the model lineup.
The Passat BlueMotion Concept features an all-new version of the Volkswagen 1.4-liter EA211 TSI® engine with direct injection and turbocharging. On top, this Passat also offers Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology, previously seen on the European Volkswagen Polo and Golf models. ACT deactivates the valvetrain on cylinders two and three for situations when the driver only applies light throttle pressure to maintain specific city speeds.
Another Volkswagen innovation that helps save gas is the coasting function, used also on the Jetta Hybrid. As soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the DSG® transmission decouples the engine, allowing the Passat to roll with the lowest possible mechanical drag from the other moving components.
Additional fuel savings come from the stop/start system, which shuts off the engine when the car comes to a temporary stop. As soon as the driver lifts their foot off the brake, the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine starts again. All these measures result in a manufacturer estimated highway fuel economy rating of 42 mpg. The Passat BlueMotion Concept also delivers 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
The Concept’s striking Reef Blue Metallic color will be introduced on other Passat models, too. The interior of the Concept also offers two-tone seats that carry blue dividing lines between the darker and lighter leather seating surfaces. The stitching indicates this is a member of the BlueMotion family, which has been rolled out globally since 2006 on many highly fuel-efficient Volkswagen models.