Volkswagen reveals next generation European Passat for 2015

Volkswagen revealed the completely new next-generation Passat for Europe not to long ago, which enters its eighth generation.

Donning completely new sheetmetal, the new Passat is shorter in height by two millimeters, wider by 12, and lower in overall height by six than the outgoing model. And because it’s a completely new generation, this new B8 Passat utilizes more high-strength and hot-formed steel in combination with aluminum more than the outgoing model, allowing for a weight reduction by 188lbs. That means the latest Euro Passat weighs less than 1.5 tons, or 2,892lbs specifically–a mighty feat by all means.

The wheelbase is longer however while the tracks at both the front and rear are wider for a more aggressive stance, which is clear visible with the new aesthetics and shape. Handling and suspension wise, the new Passat sports MacPherson struts up front with a multi-link setup at the rear for optimal handling and ride comfort. LED headlights and tailights are also standard with optional Dynamic Light Assist adaptive lighting.

The European Passat will receive a wide array of gasoline and diesel four-bangers. And while the US model probably isn’t due for another year or so, we can expect the usual range of 2.0L diesel and gas turbo fours as the current model, with an optional narrow-angle VR6 motor.

Check out the press release after the jump.

World premiere of the new Volkswagen Passat*

  • New benchmark: the eighth generation of the world-wide best-seller features superior design, economical engines and state-of-the-art technologies

The impressive Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam served as the ideal setting for the world premiere of a world-wide best-seller: the new Passat. The most successful European business car makes its debut with new engines, less weight and not least with the latest assistance, Infotainment and convenience systems. The car melts away class boundaries.

“This Passat heralds in a new era: when it comes to design and proportions, engines and drive systems, Infotainment and assistance systems or when it is a matter of safety, convenience and driving pleasure,” explained Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen on the evening before 500 guests. The Group chief continued: “The new Passat gives the right answers to the major automotive trends of its time. For me this Passat is a premium class car without premium costs. This fits perfectly to Europe’s most successful business car – lining up with 20 percent better fuel economy, up to 85 kilograms less weight and a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines – there is even a plug-in hybrid available.”

All versions of the Passat belong to the most successful mid-size cars in the world and at 1.1 million units a year (2013) it is the Volkswagen Group’s model series with the highest volume sold world-wide. To continue this success in the eighth generation, the new Passat is again offered in saloon and estate versions with a multitude of innovations. Thanks to cutting-edge design methods its proportions were made significantly more dynamic (including lower body, longer wheelbase and larger wheels). At the same time, the latest technologies have been applied. They include systems such as Active Info display (a fully digital instrument cluster), extendible head-up display as well as systems such as an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and three more world firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist.

The new Passat will be available with 10 direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines covering a power range from 88 kW / 120 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS. The engines all meet Euro 6 emission standards and both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were lowered by up to 20 percent. All versions are equipped with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode. For the first time, the Passat will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid drive (115 kW TSI petrol engine plus 80 kW electric motor and externally chargeable battery). With a system power output of 155 kW / 211 PS it will be Volkswagen’s most powerful plug-in hybrid and a genuine zero emission vehicle as it has an all-electric range of 50 km.  

Advance sales for the new Passat begin on Thursday, 10 July. Prices start from €25,875 (saloon) and €25,950 (estate).

*Passat (110 kW, 176 kW) – The vehicle has not yet gone on sale. It does not yet have type approval and therefore Directive 1999/94/EC does not apply. Provisional values: Fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.4 – 4.1 (combined); CO2 emissions in g/km: 140 – 108 (combined).

Chris Chin

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

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