Volkswagen will launch the next-generation Passat in India next year. Codenamed as the B8, the new Passat carries a completely different and sharper design language than it’s predecessor.
The new Passat is slightly shorter in length, wider and a little lower in height compared to the outgoing model. The new Passat is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform and is also 85 kg lighter than the previous generation. Exterior design is sharp and flat, with clean crease lines running across the entire length of the car. A chunky chrome grille connecting the headlamps adds to the premium feel. Headlamps get projectors with LED DRLs.
On the inside, the dashboard is all new and the interiors are available in two colour options, either beige or black. It gets a 3-spoke steering wheel with a flat bottom, MID in the instrument cluster, touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, electric seats etc.
Powering the Passat you will have an option of 10 turbocharged direct injection petrol and diesel motors with power output ranging from 120 PS to 280 PS. Fuel efficiency is also being claimed to have improved by 20% and there will also be a plug-in hybrid version with a combined power output of 211 PS.
Safety features will include ABS, EBD, BA, airbags, emergency assist, city emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, traffic jam assist, trailer assist etc.
Expect the Passat to be priced in India close to Rs. 25 – 30 lakh.