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Trevor Collett | Apr, 09 2014 | 1 Comment

Volkswagen’s midsized new Passat sedan has been spied testing in southern Europe this week, joining a growing range of vehicles sitting atop the company's versatile MQB platform.

The 2015 Passat is expected to share much of its technology with the smaller Golf range, including turbocharged petrol and diesel engines and a plug-in hybrid, similar to the eGolf.

Reports out of Europe also suggest that a new diesel engine could be on the cards, equipped with extreme high-pressure injectors and matched to a new ten-speed DSG auto.

The Passat R36 performer with six-cylinder power is also rumoured to be making a comeback, with the model again expected to feature all-wheel-drive.

Passat wagon and CC models are also due for an upgrade, with the wagon expected to be offered in AWD guise in the Alltrack version.

New features are believed to include redesigned headlights, a slightly higher beltline and a longer wheelbase, aimed squarely at winning sales in the Chinese market.

Volkswagen introduced a light update to its Passat range in Australia around a year ago, bringing a more powerful entry-level diesel engine to the line-up.

Last month, Volkswagen sold 190 Passats in Australia, with prices for the current range starting at $44,490 plus on-roads for the Passat 130TDI Highline sedan.

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show is a logical possibility for the new Passat’s unveiling, ahead of a potential Australian arrival sometime in 2016 or 2017.

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