At the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat was received with much fanfare. Revamped for the U.S. market the car is now a better competitor to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry as well as the Hyundai Sonata.
While a station wagon version of the new Passat is inevitable, reports suggest that Volkswagen is planning a coupe variant, that will fit below the A5, along with a convertible version. Apparently, additional variants of its current lineup is a key part of the Volkswagen AG Group’s goal of becoming the world’s largest automaker by 2018.
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Refresher: The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is offered in three trim levels, S SE and SEL. Entry-level 2012 Passat models are powered by a 2.5L 5-cylinder engine making 170-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Standard transmission choice include a 5-speed manual while an optional 6-speed automatic is available. Moving up, buyers can pick a 2.0 TDI Clean Diesel 4-cylinder unit making 140-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission, the 2012 Passat TDI gets 43 mpg on the highway and a range of approximately 800 miles. The range-topping 2012 Volkswagen Passat is powered by a 3.6L VR6 units producing 280-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 6-speed DSG, the 2012 Passat VR6 will get 28 mpg on the highway. Prices will start around $20,000.
– By: Omar Rana