One of several cars Volkswagen is showing is the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept, a "sneak peek" of a new, sportier model of its Passat mid-size sedan with an all-new 184 kW engine under the hood.
The new engine is the 1.8-litre direct-injected and turbocharged TSI four-cylinder, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission already used in European and Asian VWs.
Getting that output from a four-cylinder engine smaller than 2.0 litres should give the Passat Performance model - or its production equivalent -some quite respectable fuel economy too. Not as high as the Passat TDI diesel, but pretty good for the most powerful model in the range.
To denote the Passat Performance Concept's sportier credentials, it is fitted with larger 19-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension with lower ride height, and electro-mechanical steering.
To underscore its subtle but aggressive appearance, the hot-rod Passat sports a dual exhaust and bi-xenon headlights, including what VW calls an Advanced Front Lighting System, along with LED tail lights.
Inside, the dashboard has "carbon-like touches," which Volkswagen says match the "carbon-style inserts" in the two-tone leather seats. There are also carbon accents on the covers for the exterior door mirrors.