Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc., debuted the 2018 Passat GT special model at the North American International Auto Show. The production model, previewed by a concept at Automobility LA in 2016, was designed by the company's North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tennessee, based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.
"The Passat GT illustrates how the North American Region can shape Volkswagen vehicles specifically for the U.S. market," said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American Region, Volkswagen. "Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here."
The Passat GT joins the Passat lineup for model year 2018 as a limited-run special model based off the R-Line(R) trim. It will be available in four exterior colors-Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey, and Deep Black.
Starting at the front, Passat GT differentiates itself from standard Passat models with standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). It borrows the R-Line(R) bumper and adds a honeycomb grille, GT badge, and a red accent line, reminiscent of the high-performance Golf GTI. A sport suspension gives it a more planted stance and cements the aggressive look.
Moving around the side of the vehicle, the GT receives sporty touches from top to bottom. A black roof is complimented by black mirror caps and black window and door trim. Two-tone 19-inch "Tornado" wheels are accentuated with red-painted brake calipers, another nod to Volkswagen's performance heritage.
At the back, the Passat GT's accents continue with a black spoiler and blackened LED taillights. The rear fascia also includes black bumper trim and a double exhaust with an acoustic package.
Inside, the GT features piano black center console and vent trim, carbon fiber optic decor, black headliner, and aluminum GT-badged sills. Seating surfaces are black leatherette with Moonrock Gray inserts and contrast stitching. Standard interior comfort features include: a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone Climatronic(R) automatic climate control, and heated side mirrors.
To keep passengers connected, the Passat GT features a Composition Media infotainment unit with 6.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display and standard Bluetooth(R) for compatible devices, Voice Control, and Volkswagen Car-Net(R) App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with the three major platforms-Apple CarPlay(TM), Android Auto(TM) and MirrorLink(R). GT models feature two USB ports-one in the center console and one in the rear seat console. SiriusXM(R) Satellite Radio is standard and includes a three-month trial.
The new Passat GT will be powered by Volkswagen's 3.6-liter VR6(R) engine, making it a true sport sedan. Producing an impressive 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm with regular fuel, it offers power and luxury-class driving comfort with surprising fuel economy-EPA estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Shifting is handled by a standard six-speed DSG(R) automatic transmission with Tiptronic(R), which features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Every 2018 Passat model comes with the People First Warranty, America's best bumper-to-bumper new vehicle limited warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and the warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout the remainder of its duration.
The 2018 Passat GT is expected to arrive at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the second quarter of 2018. Pricing for the Passat GT starts at $29,090. The destination charge is an additional $850.