2015 Volkswagen Passat brings plug-in power to Europe

Volkswagen (and many other European automakers) have a storied history of launching products in their home market before bringing those wares over to the United States. Look at the seventh-generation Golf, for example, which just arrived in the US as a 2015 model but first debuted at the Paris Motor Show back in 2012. So while you might assume that the slick new Passat seen here will show up in US showrooms in another year or two, you’d actually be wrong. Sorry, folks – we’re missing this one.

That’s kind of a shame, too, as this Passat is one handsome – if conservative – automobile. It has more of a rakish, CC-like appearance, and it’s built on Volkswagen’s scalable MQB architecture, so it’s a fair bit lighter than its predecessor. Powertrain options include VW’s 1.4-, 1.8-, and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines, as well as diesel mills in 1.6- and 2.0-liter displacements. There’s also the 215-horsepower Passat GTE, which can operate as an EV for up to 31 miles. That GTE will even be offered as a sexy wagon variant (called the Variant, actually).

Check out the not-for-US Passat in our gallery above, then scope out the press blast below to learn more about that plug-in GTE.