The launch of the 8th generation of VW's bestseller Passat is of course a major event. VW succeeds again in making a very stylish, sleek vehicle which moves the experience of Passat driving and owning clearly a class higher. We are looking at state of the art technology, timelessely styled and packed with driving aid and safety novelties, making full use of the new MQB platform technique. Last but not least with a whole array of new generation engines and plug in hybrid solution(s), built to drive you in a clean future.
We show you here some photographs of the sleek Passat sedan and station wagon version, and announce you here some highlights of the all-new Passat, which gives high-tech a new meaning in its class.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
The new Passat is 85 kilos lighter than the previous model, thanks partially to the new platform. This modular M(otor)Q(uer)B(au) platform allows also a more dynamic styling, with a lowered bodywork, a longer wheelbase and larger wheels, and on top of that allows more interior space. The Passat has also new concept LED lighting, fitted as standard from the “Highline” equipment level onwards. LED rear lights are standard on all versions.
The dashboard is also state of the art with numerical interactive instrumentation, dubbed “Active Info Display”. There is also a head up display and a thin illuminated strip which gives you the right ambiance lighting;
There are also new electronic items such as an app “Rear Seat Entertainment” for tablets, Front Assist with city emergency braking, also for pedestrians. There is also an Emergency Assist (immobilises the car in case of emergency), “Trailer Assist” which helps you control the movements of the trailer when manoeuvring, and there is also a driver assist module when you find yourself in traffic jams…
10 new TDI and TSI engines…
The new engines are more frugal, up to 20 %, and all engines have Start & Stop and Brake energy recuperation. All engines can be mated with the superb DSG automatic boxes.
There is also a plug-in hybrid available with a combined power of 211 HP (155 kW) The engine is a 115 kW TSI, coupled to an electric motor which is fed by a battery which is also rechargeable by plugging into the mains.
Consumption can be very low, like the Golf GTE, with some 1,5 litres/100 km and 35 g CO2/km.
The petrol engines start at 125 hp (92 kW). The 1,4 litre direct injection TSI engine of 150 hp has active cylinder shutoff, and uses 4,9 litres/100 km. The other engines develop respectively 180, 220 and 280 hp.
TDI high-tech with 240 hp…
The most powerful 2 litre turbodiesel with direct injection (TDI) has a biturbo, and uses only 5,3 litres. The saloon achieves a top speed of 240 kmh. The torque is a massive 500 Nm, and this unit is always coupled with the integral transmission 4MOTION and a 7 speed DSG auto box.
The other diesels are the 150 hp TDI with only 4,1 l/100 km, and there is also a more powerful unit with 190 hp.
3 equipment versions, Trendline, Comfortline, Highline
We find in the new Passat the 3 familiar equipment lines of the previous generation, and there is now even more at your disposal, even in the “base” Trendline version. Like for example the Start&Stop function is standard, also one gets 16 inch wheels with 215 tyres, LED rear lights.
In the interior one will be pleased with the standard cooled glove box, Keyless-Go system, fatigue detector, tyre pressure control, multifunction indicators/displays “Plus”, multifunctional steering wheel, hill assist, electronic handbrake with AutoHold, freewheel function with the DSG gearboxes and last but not least airco…
The Comfortline will spoil you further with “Comfort” seats in the front, which can be set in 12 positions, and there is also ParkPilot and FrontAssist with city emergency braking. The Passat TDI with the 176 kW engine also has the electronic damping control DCC.
Highline will seduce you with exterior chromed accents, LED headlights, 17 inch wheels. Heated seats in alcantara/leather, console in piano black lacquered finish, Climatronic automatic airco will further pamper you.
For the clients who want sporting luxury, there is also the “R”package, with Vienna leather seats, gearchange paddles for the DSG box, chromed exhaust pipes and a larger lateral skirt below the doors, together with black diffuser and roof spoiler on the station wagon version, amongst other niceties.
Needless to say that the Passat will continue to be a strong seller in the business/fleet class, sitting (upmarket) between the B and C segment, and indeed making undoubtedly its benchmark there.
We let you enjoy the photos, and look forward to driving the car soon…
Hans Knol ten Bensel