Scheduled to be launched by mid 2017, the new 2017 Volkswagen Passat will be powered by an 187bhp, 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine.
Volkswagen, the German premium carmaker has announced the re-launch of the Passat brand in the Indian car market this year. Exact launch details are yet to be announced, but the much-awaited 2017 Volkswagen Passat saloon is likely to be launched by mid-2017. The new generation model is already on sale in select international markets. Based on VW Group’s MQB platform, the new Passat will initially be introduced with a diesel powertrain; petrol & hybrid versions will join the lineup on later stage. Check Out Spy Video – 2018 Volkswagen Polo GTI Looks Bigger Than Before
As a reminder, VW had showcased the 2017 VW Passat GTE at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo. This hybrid version is equipped with Volkswagen’s efficient ‘E’ hybrid technology, and a 1.4L TFSI petrol unit coupled to an electric motor. The regular petrol version will get a 1.8-liitre TFSI unit. The model to be launched first will be powered by a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that is good for 190PS of power. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Also Read – Volkswagen Ameo Diesel Launched; Price & Other Details
The German auto major, Volkswagen will introduce the new Passat in India by mid 2017. We will update you as soon as carmaker announces its launch date.
|Minimum||Rs 25 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 30 lakh|
Volkswagen will locally assemble the new Passat in India, which will help the maker to price it competitively. The company has announced that the vehicle will be equipped with several high-end tech and safety features. We expect that the regular model will be priced around Rs 25 lakh – Rs 30 lakh. On the other side, the plug-in hybrid version Passat GTE will be imported as CBU (completely built up) unit, and will cost two-folds higher than the regular model. We expect its price to fall between Rs 40 lakh – Rs 45 lakh (ex-showroom). Also Read – New Volkswagen Vento – Explained in 9 Quick Points
|Engine||2.0-litre TDI diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed dual-clutch automatic|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||8 seconds|
Intially, the Passat will be offered with a diesel engine only. The oil burner will be a 2.0-litre TDI unit that also powers the new Audi A4 sedan. This engine churns out a maximum power output of 187bhp and a peak torque of 400Nm. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels of the car via a 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
The regular petrol version will be powered by a 1.8-litre TFSI unit that is capable of producing 180bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. With automatic gearbox, this engine offers 250Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic unit. Talking about the GTE, the model will come with a petrol-electric hybrid system that comprises of a tuned 1.4L, 4-cylinder TFSI petrol mill and an electric motor packed with a 9.9kWh lithium ion battery. This battery can be fully charged in 4 hours and 15 minutes via a power plug. VW also offers a 3.6kW quick charger with the saloon that reduces its charging time to 2 hours 30 minutes. While driving the car, the regenerative braking system will also help with the battery charge. The petrol engine pumps out 164bhp of power, and the electric motor develops 113bhp thus taking the combined power output to 218bhp. Also Read – Volkswagen Polo AllStar Special Edition Coming Soon
Torque figure of this hybrid powertrain stands at 400Nm. There will be a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox on offer. On full battery charge and 50-litre fuel tank, the car can run up to 1,000km. It can accelerate to 100kmph from zero in less than 8 seconds. This plug-in hybrid unit will offer a top speed of 220kmph. The saloon is also provided with choice of four different driving modes – E-mode, Battery Charge, Hybrid and GTE. The “E-mode” button, positioned next to the gear lever, enables driver manually switch between petrol or electric power.
In India, the new Passat will rival the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. Interestingly, the sedan will be the only car in its league to have a diesel engine. As a reminder, the new Accord and Camry comes powered by the hybrid motor.
With aggressive stance, the new Passat looks completely different from the previous generation car. It comes equipped with the new four-bar grille, prominent hood, LED headlamps, fog lights and LED taillights. It gets a new front and rear bumper, and a new trucklid. The front bumper comes with integrated C-shaped LED lights. The flared wheel arches have been fitted to bigger alloy wheels.
Inside the saloon is an array of new features such as a Head Up display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that seems inspired from Audi TT. It will also come with leather wrapped flat bottom steering wheel, a restyled gear knob, a tweaked infotainment system and blue ambient lighting. Volkswagen has also increased the luggage area of the car by 26-litres. The new Passat hybrid model comes with a total boot space of 586-litres. For passengers’ safety and security, the sedan gets 9 airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution), brake assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitor, rear view camera, etc.
It measures 4,767mm in length, 1,832mm in width and 1,456mm in height. Compared to the previous model, the new car is 2mm shorter, 12mm wider and sits 6mm lower. The wheelbase has been stretched by 79mm to 2,791mm. The company claims that the weight of the car has been reduced by 85kg, thanks to the new MQB platform.