SPIED: Upcoming 2016 Volkswagen Passat spotted testing in India for the first time

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A spy image sent to us by an anonymous Motoroids fan reveals the upcoming Volkswagen Passat that has been spied testing in the country for the first time. The model made its Indian debut at the 2016 Auto Expo held in Delhi earlier this year.

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The spy image reveals a test mule of the upcoming Passat completely undisguised ahead of its launch that is expected to take place early next year. It is believed that the test mule is powered by a diesel engine unlike the petrol-hybrid ‘GTE’ variant that was showcased at the Auto Expo.

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It is likely that Volkswagen India will launch the conventional 2.0-liter diesel engine powered variant first while the petrol hybrid variant will follow later during the vehicle’s lifecycle. The latter is powered by a TSI petrol engine mated to an electric motor, producing a combined output of 215 hp while the peak torque is rated at 400 Nm. Transmission duties could be taken care of by a six speed DSG gearbox.

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Based on the company’s MQB platform, the 2016 Passat now weighs 85 kg lesser than its predecessor.  The test mule, as seen in the images, features an updated front fascia with a three slat chrome grille, LED headlamps, LED DRLs and LED fog lights. Once launched, the upcoming Volkswagen Passat will rival the likes of the Toyota Camry and the Skoda Superb.

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