Volkswagen Passat GTE shown at the Paris show

* Volkswagen shows plug-in hybrid version of Passat * Official fuel economy of 141mpg, less than 45g/km CO2 * Offered in saloon and estate forms, on sale October 2015...

Volkswagen Passat GTE shown at the Paris show

The plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Passat GTE has been revealed at the Paris motor show, with promises of 141mpg fuel economy.

The Passat uses a similar engine and electric battery combination to the plug-in Golf GTE, with a 154bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and a 15bhp motor combining to create a total power output of 215bhp. 

Volkswagen claims that the Passat GTE will be capable of official fuel economy of more than 141mpg and CO2 emissions of 37g/km, and will be able to travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone. Despite its economy, the Passat GTE offers a 0-62mph time of less than 8.0 seconds and a top speed of 136mph. It can go up to 80mph on electricity alone, and has a total range of more than 600 miles on electric and petrol combined.

The GTE comes with a high level of equipment including LED headlihgts, rain sensors, part assist, driver-alert system, post-collision braking and a blue colourscheme unique to Volkswagen's e-mobility models.

It also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch touchscreen and a smartphone application that allows access to lots of different functions. Owners will be able to turn the climate control on remotely, see how charge the car has and see where it is parked.

It will be offered in both saloon and estate bodystyles, and comes with a six-speed DSG gearbox as standard.

The hybrid technology means that the GTE loses some of the practicality of the conventionally powered Passat, with the batteries positioned under the boot floor. However, it is only some under-floor space that is lost, and it still has a small amount of out-of-sight space.

The Passat GTE is expected in the region £32,000 when it goes on sale in 2015. It will be available to order in June, with first cars being delivered in October.