In order to attract more and more American clients and to make them forget about the Dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen is attending this year Los Angeles Motor Show with a special concept. 

The new Passat GT Concept is designed by the company’s North American engineering hub in Chattanooga. It has new styling updates and the powerful 280-hp VR6 engine, the Passat GT concept previews a potential addition to the Passat lineup. 

The concept was created by Volkswagen’s North American Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.

More than 20 design changes from the standard Passat mark the GT as a unique, eye-catching sedan. Starting from the black honeycomb grille insert with red accent lines that harken to those on the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the upgrades include unique bumper treatments, black window surrounds, a black roof and trunk spoiler, LED headlights, smoked taillights, a dual trapezoidal exhaust and a sport muffler. 

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The 19-inch Tornado wheels cover red-painted brake calipers, and a 0.6-inch reduction in ride height gives the Passat GT concept a road-hugging stance.

Inside, the Passat GT creates a sportier impression with carbon-fiber pattern door trim and instrument panel, two-tone black-and-gray sport seats with contrast stitching, a black headliner and piano black center console trim. Power comes from the Volkswagen 3.6-liter TSI VR6, which makes 280 horsepower, tied to a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, controlled through shift paddles behind the steering wheel.