Four years after the release of Volkswagen’s “Americanized” Passat in the U.S., VW is readying a new midsize competitor. Though this one appears to be exclusive to VW’s Euro-market clientele. Catering to the more refined European taste, Volkswagen sketched their new challenger, portraying the new Passat with a more aggressive stance, refined body lines and what is expected to be a higher price tag compared to Americas more middle-class-contender.
Along with the more obvious exterior changes, VW has also introduced a host of new technologies to the vehicle, sure to keep the Passat relevant in the hotly contested segment. Included in this redesign are substantial weight savings, courtesy of increased high-strength steel and aluminum metal usage, reducing the vehicle’s total mass by 187 pounds.
Just underneath the bonnet lies some interesting powertrain options, including a fuel-sipping hybrid plug-in and a very Euro-friendly diesel engine. The first powerplant promises 31 miles of all-electric cruising, while the latter carries Volkswagen’s venerable 2.0 TDI, accompanied by an exclusive 7-speed dual-clutch and 4Motion AWD system. Most impressive is the amount of grunt this little diesel produces, with figures set at 237 hp and a robust 369 pound feet of torque across the majority of the rev range.
Finishing off the improvements is a lengthy list of options, including a high-res TFT display, LED headlamps, and many other driver and pedestrian safety technologies.
Further fuel-economy, pricing and dimension information is slated to be released during early July, with the first public appearance of this next-gen Passat set for the Paris Motor Show in October. Look for more details here soon.