Volkswagen has finally unveiled the new generation VW Passat ahead of its public premiere at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. This sedan is the company’s second best-selling model in the lineup. Codenamed B8, the new Passat goes upmarket and is better equipped to compete well against the likes of Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3-Series.
The 2015 Volkswagen Passat features an aggressive front fascia comprises of molded bonnet complemented by front grille and flared wheel arches. It resembles the Volkswagen’s CrossBlue Coupe and T-Roc concepts, and features a coupe-like roofline to give a sporty stance. The narrow grille stretched and flanked by the newly designed headlamps, while the single chrome line running above the fog lamp assembly.
The new Passat is 14mm lower and 12mm wider than the outgoing model. Despite being shorter than the outgoing model by 2mm, it is claimed to offer more interior space than before. The vehicle offers an improved boot space of 586 (up by 26-litres). The vehicle gets standard LED taillights and optional LED headlights featuring Dynamic Light Assist. Inside the cabin, the saloon host Audi TT’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and head-up display. It also gets several safety measures like side assist with rear traffic alert, city emergency braking, traffic jam assist and others.
The new generation Volkswagen Passat is 85kg lighter than the current model. It is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI engine that produces three state of tunes- 240PS, 150PS and 190PS. The smaller 1.6-litre TDI engine develops 120PS. Three petrol engines will also be on offered- 1.4TSI producing 125PS and 150PS, a 1.8-litre TSI engine rated at 180PS and a larger 2.0-litre TSI engine that develops two state of tunes- 220PS and 280PS.
All the powetrains meets Euro 6 emissions standards. The vehicle will also get a plug-in hybrid variant featuring an electric motor and a 9.9 kWh battery. This model will offer a combined range of up to 966km and around 50km alone on electric power.