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VW offers new Passat GT model

VW offers new Passat GT model”

It's set to arrive in USA showrooms during the second quarter.

The Passat GT adopts the tamer, 2.0-liter turbocharged Passat R-Line's exterior styling cues but goes a step further with a lower suspension and sports exhaust system, not to mention the V-6 engine. "The Passat GT illustrates how the North American Region can shape Volkswagen vehicles specifically for the USA market", said Volkswagen's North American Chief Engineering Officer Dr. Matthias Erb.

For the most part, the Passat GT follows the standard souped-up mid-sizer playbook to a T. Or a GT, if you will.

The production GT looks very close to the Passat GT Concept that VW displayed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

At the front, Passat GT gets LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights, while the sportier bumper has been borrowed from the Passat R-Line. It borrows the R-Line bumper and adds a honeycomb grille, GT badge, and a red accent line, much like the Golf GTI. The Passat GT offers up 280 horsepower and 258 lb. -ft. of torque from the automaker's 3.6-liter VR6 engine, with a standard 6-speed DSG transmission. The GT also gets a black roof, mirror caps, and window and door trim.

It rolls on two-tone 19-inch "Tornado" wheels that sport red-painted brake calipers.

The interior of the 2018 Passat GT features leatherette black seats with Moonrock Gray inserts. The Passat GT is rated at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Also included is a luxury-like black headliner, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors. Passengers can be entertained with the Passat GT's Composition Media infotainment unit featuring a 6.3-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, and Voice Control. Two USB ports are standard - one up front, and one at the rear - and there's SiriusXM satellite radio, too. It's mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters. Its design included US customer and dealer feedback. Volkswagen says the 2018 Passat GT should begin showing up at dealerships in Q2 of this year, with pricing kicking off at $29,090 (plus $850 destination). "Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here".



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