The eighth generation of European Passat is all set to launch sometime this year. However, Volkswagen has already begun teasing this sedan as pictures of the new Passat, draped in a silk robe, have emerged from the German manufacturer.
The picture showcases the new Passat to have LED headlights. LED taillights and halogen headlights will come as standard. But, customers who are willing to pay more, can opt for LED headlights, including one version that automatically adjusts the beam for optimal illumination without bothering oncoming traffic.The new variants may also don a sportier front. The new mid-size model will include both sedan and estate variants based on the group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform. The new car will shed as much as 85 kg as compared to the current road going version making it more economical in terms of fuel consumption.
Powering the new Passat will be a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine that will churn out 236bhp of power and 500Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to all four wheels through a seven-speed DSG transmission. Volkswagen will also be offering a plug-in hybrid version that could feature 1.4-litre petrol engine along with 100bhp electric motor. The combined power of the petrol and electric engine will help the plug-in hybrid make a total of 207bhp of power. However, only on the electric mode, the car can travel 50km.
Other tech updates will feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, updated Park Assist, head-up display, revised 360-degree Area View function, as well as a Trailer Assist system providing aid when reversing the vehicle with a trailer attached.
This new Passat will be sold internationally except for North America where it will continue to sell the locally made model.