The all-new 2015 Volkswagen Passat will not be coming to the United States because it is only destined for European markets, and we’re stuck with the larger and rather lackluster (by comparison) NMS Passat. Even so, VW recently unveiled the B8 Passat in Potsdam, Germany. Here are 10 key facts you should know about the new 2015 Volkswagen Passat:
- It is up to 187 pounds (85 kg) lighter than the previous model due to its new innovative lightweight design
- All engines have been improved, with efficiency rising 20 percent
- VW will offer a new four cylinder TDI motor delivering 236 HP and an estimated 44 MPG
- For the first time ever, the Passat will be offered in a GTE plug-in hybrid drive version with 214 horses
- LED headlights are now standard in the top Highline trim level
- New safety features include City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, Trailer Assist, Traffic Assist and Emergency Assist
- It’s the first Volkswagen with an Active Info Display and head-up display
- It is the eighth generation of the popular nameplate, which has sold nearly 22 million units since 1973
- The Passat is VW’s best-seller in America, with up to 1.1 million Passat cars sold annually. However, the American model is a completely different vehicle than the European one we see here
- European launch for the 2015 Passat begins in November. It won’t come to the U.S. anytime soon.
Overall, the new exterior, interior and powertrain options should make the 2015 Volkswagen Passat a much better vehicle for the highly-competitive segment, and should keep it VW’s best-selling car.