Volkswagen officially unveiled the European version of the all-new Passat, with the company itself to characterize it as “the most successful European business car “. The official debut will take place in October at the Paris Exhibition, with the car having an evolutionary design.
It is built on the MQB platform, and is lighter than the current model, with a larger wheelbase to offer more space for rear passengers and a larger trunk. It has abundant technology, driving aids and gadgets, so that it ca appeal to a broader and younger audience.
Through the use of high-strength steel and aluminum parts the new mid-range family car of the German company weighs 85 kilos less than the current generation, with its basic version weighing 1,312 kilos, thus making the new Passat up to 20% more efficient.
The length has been reduced by 2 mm. reaching 4,767 mm, but the wheelbase has grown by 33 mm., being now 2.79 meters. This means it offers more space for rear passengers and a larger trunk. The increase of the wheelbase is achieved by transferring the front axle forward by 29 mm, and the back backwards by 177 mm. Also, it is a 6 mm. lower, reaching 1,456 mm. height, and 12 mm. wider, with a total width of 1.832 mm.
Regarding the luggage compartment, it now reaches 586 liters, while in the Variant version it is 650 liters and by folding the seats, it reaches 1,780 liters. The rear seat backrests fall in proportion 40:20:40, allowing the transport of objects with even length of 2.85 meters. Finally, the front seats are fitted at 10 mm. lower, while there is 26 mm. more for the head of the occupants.
The new Passat will be available with a 1.6 liter TDI engine producing 120 hp the new twin-turbo 2,0 liter TDI engine producing 150, 190 and 240 hp, the 1.4 liter TSI with 125 and 150 hp with half cylinder deactivation system , the 1.8 liter TSI with 180 hp and the 2 liter TSI 220 and 280 hp.
In 2015 a plug-in hybrid version will be available, combining the 1.4 TSI engine and an electric motor, the hybrid system will generate 170 hp combined. The car can move only with batteries for 50 miles, which have a capacity of 9,9 kWh, the charger connector will be located behind the front grille badge, with the model having a range of 966 km, having LED lights with Dynamic Light Assist system on the additional equipment.
The interior features a 12,3 inch digital dashboard with a resolution of 1.440 × 540 px, with Volkswagen also offering a head-up display, the 360 degree Area View system, automatic parking system, Trailer Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Emergency Assist, City Emergency Braking and Front Assist systems.
The new VW Passat will be available for order in Germany from the 10th of the month, with its price starting from € 25.875 for the sedan version and € 25.950 for the Variant.
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