October sees Volkswagen’s all-new Passat making its official debut at the Paris Motor Show, but a sneak preview in at a ceremony at the Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam, Germany has given customers and dealers alike a taster of what is to come with the eighth-generation of the Passat.
And it seems with this Passat that when Volkswagen say ‘new’, they mean new: new design, new technologies and new engines.
Volkswagen believes that, taking into consideration the design and in the advanced features of the new Passat, the car has the ability to “bridge the gap between the upper medium and premium class” and the compact style of the Passat will certainly help do that.
Slightly shorter than the model it replaces, and slightly lower too, the car has a lower bonnet with the windscreen moved towards the rear of the car – the ‘cab backward design’ creating the impression of a premium-class car – as well as precisely drawn edges and creases that reflect light.
At the front, the new Passat’s radiator grille is a trapezoid with four chrome bars, the lowest of which continues into the headlights. And at the back, the design of the rear cab and the wider and leaner rear lights confirm that gap bridging. In fact, from the rear, Volkswagen believe that the Passat Saloon “looks like a young sibling of the Phaeton with its large boot lid surface, and a distinctive crease beneath the rear lights that extends across the rear.”
Despite the smaller exterior dimensions, inside the new Passat there is actually MORE leg and head room, as well as an increased space for luggage.
And it is inside that we move to look at the new technologies that will be on offer with the new Passat in October.
There is an optional Active Info Display that replaces the expected instrument cluster, consisting of a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display; a heads-up display; the latest Modular Infotainment System, including the Car-Net remote app; a further-developed 360-degree Area View function; and the latest generation of Park Assist that includes the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces.
There’s the world-first Trailer Assist system, which helps park when a trailer; Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist; Emergency Assist; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking. In fact, it is a complete Assist System that you find in the New Passat that the most stubborn of “I don’t need help” drivers will find hard to resist.
The best is here at last because possibly the best thing about the new Passat is the fact that there is a suite of new engines, the best of which is probably the high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel engine that delivers 240 PS and 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm with its new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. Adding in the reduced weight (by 85kg) of the car, in combination with the engine, the Passat fuel economy figures are reduced by 20%.
There will also be a plug-in hybrid model liable for the first time ever, with the potential to travel 31 miles on battery power alone, and with a maximum range of around 600 miles.
Complete details will be available nearer to launch date; we will keep you posted.