Report: Volkswagen Passat Coupe, Convertible in the works

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

Source: AutoBild