2015 PASSAT REVEALED
Volkswagen’s all-new Passat sedan and wagon has been revealed this week, replacing the B6/B7 models that first appeared in 2005.
The big new executive sedan evolves the company’s familiar styling language, showcasing the sharpened look that debuted with the new Golf 7 range.
There’s a more coupe-like appearance to the new sedan’s profile however, with a longer roofline and rising belt flowing into a tapered rear deck.
The bold character line that runs through the new Golf’s doors also dominates the profile of the new Passat and, in this R-line model, large sports wheels fill out the lightly flared guards.
An evolution of Volkswagen’s all-angles headlight design can also be seen, with a tightly snipped inner edge merging neatly into the new sedan’s broad grille.
Cabin design is again familiar fare with the new Passat, although it is clear that Volkswagen has upgraded materials and fit to give its large sedan a more premium feel - without pushing into upmarket Audi territory.
Standout features in the 2015 model’s cabin include a larger-than-ever centre display and - depending on the model - an all-digital instrument cluster with a main information screen flanked by chrome-ringed digital meters.
Lower-end models, these images reveal, will feature a conventional instrument cluster with regular meters surrounding a low-resolution centre display.
A new Trailer Assist system will also feature, boosting confidence when reversing with a trailer by offering alerts and on-screen steering guides.
LED tail-lights will also be standard from launch, while headlights will be either halogen or LED depending on trim grade and options.
The new Passat weighs as much as 85kg less than its predecessor, thanks to weight-saving features of Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform - the same architecture that underpins the new Golf and a host of other models.
The wheelbase of the new model has grown to 2790mm, marking a significant leap from 2711mm in the current eight year-old Passat.
Boot capacity also grows in the new model, up 21 litres to 586 litres in the sedan and 47 in the wagon to 650 litres with the rear seats up and 1780 litres when laid flat.
Engine options in Europe will include as many as ten direct-injected and turbocharged choices across the petrol and diesel spectrum. Outputs will vary from 89 to 209kW.
Among them will be a 176kW 2.0 litre diesel and a new 155kW plug-in hybrid that matches Volkswagen’s 1.4 litre petrol engine to an electric motor.
The 176kW 2.0 litre turbodiesel model promises a 0-100km/h time of 6.1 seconds, with fuel consumption listed at 5.3 l/100km.
The new Passat will continue with the company's existing DSG automatic transmissions, with the coming new ten-speed unit destined to debut later on.
"The new Passat gives the right answers to the major automotive trends of its time," Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn said in a statement today.
"For me this Passat is a premium class car without premium costs. This fits perfectly to Europe's most successful business car."
MORE TO COME.
Timing for the new Passat’s Australian debut is still to be confirmed, although a 2015 launch is expected.
Advance sales in Europe will begin in the coming weeks, although the new Passat's official debut will occur at October's Paris Motor Show.
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