Passat will be released as a 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid, powered by a 1.4L hybrid drive-train. It will be officially revealed at 2012 Detroit Auto Show and will enter the showrooms sometime by the end of 2012.
VW is planning to market a gasoline electric hybrid as a sports hybrid. It will be achieved by a high torque electric motor to provide zero-emission travel at low speed. However, the turbocharged 1.4L engine gives extra kick at higher speeds.
Though Prius-beating economy and impressive performance may not be expected, VW has already proven in supplying fuel efficient cars. 2013 Jetta Hybrid will be the second hybrid hitting the U.S. shores, following 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid SUV.