Sedan to achieve 5.6L/100km with cylinder deactivation, start/stop tech

Volkswagen will be heading to Detroit with at least three vehicles (and probably more) next week. The Passat BlueMotion, Golf R, and Beetle Dunecouldn’t be further apart on the excitement scale.

The Passat BlueMotion Concept is an exercise in getting the most out of gasoline engines. Eschewing diesel and batteries, the German automaker has fitted the midsize sedan with a 1.4-litre TSI engine equipped with cylinder deactivation and stop/start technology. This combination is expected to return mileage of around 5.6L/100km while producing 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.

On the opposite end of the show stand will be the new Golf R for North America. Available in Europe as both a two- and four-door hatchback, North America will only get the four-door model. Also, the NA version is slightly detuned, giving 290 hp and 280 lb-ft of grunt.

Volkswagen will also show off a Beetle Dune concept, relegated to the vapourware section of the German show stand.

More information will be posted next week.

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