Volkswagen will make seven international premiere presentations at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show (6-16 March), including a Golf TDI diesel-electric hybrid concept and the new 150-PS Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel natural gas vehicle. Other Volkswagen world premieres will be the fuel-efficient Sharan BlueMotion, the four-wheel-drive Golf Estate 4Motion, and the completely re-engineered Scirocco sports car. The Passat CC will also be on display for the first time in Europe.
The Golf TDI Hybrid concept consumes no more than 3.4 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers (69 mpg US), with 89 g/km CO2 emissions. The full-hybrid supports an all-electric mode. Power transmission to the front axle is managed by 7-speed DSG technology.
The Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel features a direct-injection turbocharged engine, and delivers 110 kW (148 hp), while consuming 5.2 kg/100 km. The Passat and the Passat Estate TSI EcoFuel are due to be launched on the market around year-end.
The Sharan BlueMotion, the latest in the BlueMotion series, offers average fuel consumption of 6.0 litres of diesel per 100 kilometers (39 mpg US)—0.7 of a liter less than conventional models. CO2 emissions are reduced from 177 g/km to 159 g/km. The seven-seat van has up to 2,610 liters of cargo volume and a permissible gross vehicle weight of 2,510 kilograms. This Volkswagen is driven by a 103 kW (138 hp) TDI diesel engine complete with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The BlueMotion option is available in combination with the Trendline and Comfortline fittings packages. Deliveries of the vehicle are scheduled to commence this summer.
Effective immediately, Volkswagen will be offering the Golf Estate in a version with permanent four-wheel drive. This automobile is designed to enable as much as 100 per cent of the vehicle’s tractive force to be transmitted to the rear wheels if so required in extreme circumstances.
The 4Motion system is coupled with a fuel-efficient, high-torque TDI engine with 77 kW (103 hp). The Golf Estate TDI 4Motion accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in 12.9 seconds, has a top speed of 185 km/h (115 mph), with fuel consumption of 6.0 L/100km (39 mpg US). The Golf Estate TDI 4Motion can tow as much as 1,500 kilograms on gradients of up to 12%—100 kilograms more than its front-wheel-drive counterpart.