The GT combines the sportier show and V-6 go - and splits the difference in sticker price to start at $29,940 (all prices include the destination charge). It will make its first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show next week before heading to dealers later this year. "Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here".
It will be available in four exterior colors - Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey and Deep Black, Volkswagen said.
Under the hood, the Passat GT gets the 3.6-liter VR6 engine, cranking out 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm on regular unleaded gasoline. The V-6 is mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. It builds on the R-Line, picking up the more aggressive front bumper and adding a honeycomb grille and red accents a la VW's Golf GTI. VW can't quite let go of the Passat's mainstream appeal, mind, and is pointing out that the GT still gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. A black roof is complimented by black mirror caps and black window and door trim. The GT comes with standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights.
Two-tone, 19-inch "Tornado" wheels and red brake calipers fill the wheel wells, and a sport suspension delivers a better stance.
At the back, the Passat GT's accents continue with a black spoiler and blackened LED taillights.
Enlarge Image The interior of the Passat GT is mostly high-spec Passat and that's no bad thing. Volkswagen
The new Passat GT was designed at Volkswagen's Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Passat GT features a load of technology including the option for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Inside, the GT features piano black center console and vent trim, carbon fiber optic décor, black headliner, and aluminum GT-badged sills. Black leatherette is used on the seats, with gray inserts and contrast stitching. Standard interior features include an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control.
Automakers can't just offer performance without some technological goodies.
The standard touchscreen is the Passat's larger 6.3-inch display with VW's Car-Net connectivity, smartphone integration and satellite radio capability.