What Is It?
Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion Concept
What's New About This Model?
Volkswagen's Passat Bluemotion concept is based on the production Passat already on sale in the U.S. but instead of a 1.8-liter engine it uses a smaller 1.4-liter engine to deliver a claimed 42 mpg highway.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Probably never. The Passat Bluemotion concept was created to show the potential of Volkswagen's smaller engines in a midsize sedan. If this engine ever does make it to the United States, it will do so in a smaller car like the Golf.
How Much Does It Cost?
The Passat Bluemotion concept is a concept car and thus not for sale. A similarly equipped 1.8-liter 2014 Passat SE stickers for just over $20,000.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder. 150 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque.
· DSG automated manual transmission.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion concept's most unique feature is the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that features automatic start-stop and cylinder deactivation that can shut down two cylinders when there's little load on the engine.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
If Volkswagen ever did decide to sell a production version of the Passat Bluemotion in the U.S., its most direct competitor would be the 2014 Ford Fusion 1.5: It features a nearly identically sized, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and delivers up to 36 mpg on the highway.
Should You Wait for It?
No. It's highly unlikely that Volkswagen will put this small of an engine into this large of a car for the U.S. market. Instead, look for the 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI which returns 28 mpg combined (24 city/34 highway) or, for the seriously fuel-economy minded, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Diesel which will give the driver 34 mpg combined (30 city/40 highway). If neither of those options seems good enough, the Fusion 1.5 is currently on sale.
If you really love this color, VW does plan on offering Reef Blue Metallic on the production Passat shortly.