Volkswagen has updated the Passat midsize sedan for the 2016 model year, giving it more aggressive styling, an updated infotainment system, new driver assistance systems and for the first time, an R-Line package.
VW’s styling update consists of a new hood and grille, slimmer headlights, a restyled rear bumper and new front fenders. There’s now also available LED headlights and taillights available on all trim lines.
The optional R-Line package further enhances the Passat’s look with a sportier front bumper, black accents, different rocker panels, a larger rear diffuser and 19-inch R-Line wheels.
Inside a new instrument panel has been applied, along with VW’s updated latest MIB II infotainment system within the center stack. The system comes with VW’s new Car Net system with App Connect and smartphone integration, allowing users to seamlessly pair their Apple, Android or Windows smartphone with the car.
A range of new driver assistance systems are also on offer, including standard automatic post-collision braking. There’s also available adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, a blind spot monitor with traffic alert, lane departure warning and park assist.
The same powertrain lineup remains, with a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder serving as the base engine. There’s also an available 2.0-liter TDI, though we probably wouldn’t suggest that powerplant at this point in time, and a 280 horsepower 3.6-liter VR6 engine.
Prices will start at $22,440 for 1.8-liter turbocharged models. VW says a full pricing and options list for the 2016 Passat will be revealed later this year.