Volkswagen details next-generation Passat, sketches leaked

Volkswagen announced to be introducing an all-new and completely redesigned next generation Passat for at the 2014 Paris Auto Show later this October. And similarly like Passats of the past, the European model will be the first to be revealed with our market-version following shortly after. Along with the statement were some teasers of the Passat in the form of some sketches and its obvious to see that the new Passat takes on a more four-door coupe-like profile with an Audi A7-inspired fastback roofline.

The all-new Passat is touted to be more fuel efficient than the outgoing model thanks to a weight reduction by some 188 lbs. This is accomplished through the use of new high-strength hot-formed steel and aluminum throughout the new car’s constructions.

Additionally, for Europe’s initial debut, a new twin-turbo diesel 2.0L four-banger will debut, producing almost 240hp and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque. Channeling that power to an updated 4MOTION all-wheel system is a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic. A plug-in hybrid model is also expected to offer nearly 600 miles of total range.

The 2015 Passat will also be smaller than the outgoing model, but will be more space efficient on the inside, allowing for greater capacities.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

Volkswagen has revealed the first technical details of the all-new Passat Saloon and Estate, ahead of the cars’ unveiling in July and their public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.

The eighth-generation Passat will bring with it a range of new technologies and features, to ensure that even after 41 years and over 23 million sales worldwide, it remains as competitive as ever.

Thanks to the use of advanced materials – including high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas – the new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than its predecessor, helping it to claim expected fuel-efficiency improvements of up to 20 per cent. 

Despite exterior dimensions that are actually marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved, with more leg- and head-room, as well as increased luggage space.

A highlight of the Passat’s new range of engines is a high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel delivering 240 PS and an extraordinary 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm.  This engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid model will also be offered, with potential to travel 31 miles on battery power alone, and with a potential maximum range of around 600 miles.

Other new technology to be offered on the new Passat includes the Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument cluster with 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. This newly developed Park Assist includes the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces – useful, for example at supermarket car parks, where access to the boot is important. It also includes a world-first Trailer Assist, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.

Other safety technology includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection.

All new Passats will feature LED tail lights, while headlights will be halogen or LED.  In conjunction with Dynamic Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum illumination of the road without dazzling other traffic.

Further details and first pictures of the Passat will be available in early July, ahead of the car’s public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October. UK sales will start before the end of the year, with first deliveries expected in early 2015.

Chris Chin

Chris Chin is the Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech and is a regular contributor to Automobile Magazine.

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