2015 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
The company's new 176kW/500Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine will also launch with the 2015 Passat, matched to a seven-speed DSG auto and 4Motion all-wheel-drive.
Volkswagen has also confirmed development of a new 10-speed DSG, although it appears that transmission's debut will come sometime after the new Passat's launch.
The new Passat will be up to 85kg lighter than the current model, which has been on the market since 2005 (although a major facelift and upgrade debuted in 2010).
That weight loss will come thanks to the use of a greater spread of aluminium components and hot-formed steel.
Earlier this year, a trio of sketches offered a first look at the new Passat’s finer details, revealing a new grille and headlight design that will likely work its way across the VW line-up.
The sketches also pointed to a streamlined coupe-like profile, although earlier TMR spy shots - and now this new teaser photo - confirm that the new sedan’s roofline will not be quite so sleek as we see here.
And while still draped in a figure-hugging satin cover, this latest look reveals a new glimpse of the Passat's proportions and a number of key details.
LED daytime lights can be seen up front, while the profile showcases lightly flared guards and a strong character line through the centre.
The new Passat’s profile will move closer to ‘four-door coupe’ territory than the current model, adding credence to reports that the next CC will wear an even sportier shape than now.
The midsized 2015 Passat will also boast a wider appearance than its predecessor, creating a more sporting look - and possibly hinting at plans for a proper ‘Passat R’ model.
A plug-in hybrid model is also expected, boasting a pure-electric driving range of 50km and a potential combined range of nearly 1000km.
As for the 2015 Passat’s other features, it is understood the new model will feature a 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, and an advanced new infotainment system.
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.
Watch for the new Passat to appear in October, with an Australian launch likely to occur early in 2015.
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