This latest new-generation VW Passat has been revealed, designed with a more executive feel
Volkswagen has finally removed the wrapping paper off the new eighth-generation VW Passat ahead of its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. Designed by VW to go more upmarket, it's hoped the car's sleeker image and improved tech will help keep customers away from the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.
With prominent lines and an elegant swept profile, the new Passat is 14mm lower and 12mm wider than the outgoing model. The front end incorporates the brand’s new identity, with the three-bar chrome grille merging with the sweeping headlights. At the back, a Phaeton-like rear end houses two chrome exhaust pipes which sit flush with the rear bumper.
On the inside, technology and comfort have been the main topics of design, with the conventional instrument cluster being replaced by a fully configurable 12.3-inch TFT display. Sadly, it will not be a standard feature but a separate 6.5-inch colour display in the centre console is fitted across the range.
Though it’s a bit shorter than the current model – only by 2mm – the new VW Passat offers more passenger space than before. That’s thanks to shorter front and rear overhangs, which allow the passenger compartment to be stretched by 33mm. There’s also more headroom as passengers sit lower to the ground and boot space is up by 21 litres, to 586. Space in the estate model has been boosted even further with boot capacity increasing by 47-litres, up to 650 litres.
Beneath the svelte new body, Another new arrival is a 237bhp 2.0 TDI BiTurbo engine, developing 500Nm of torque. It will be the new range-topping variant – offering 62bhp and 120Nm more than most powerful previous diesel engine – but available only with a DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive, returning a claimed 53mpg.
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