Volkswagen's new Passat
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26th May, 2014
Volkswagen has revealed the first technical details of the all-new Passat
Saloon and Estate, ahead of the unveiling of the new model in July.
The eighth-generation Passat will bring with it a range of new technologies and features, to ensure that even after
41 years and over 23 million sales worldwide, it remains as competitive.
Thanks to the use of advanced materials – including high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas –
the new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than its predecessor, helping it to claim expected fuel-efficiency improvements of
up to 20 per cent.
Despite exterior dimensions that are marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved,
with more leg- and head-room, as well as increased luggage space.
A highlight of the Passat’s new range of engines is a high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel
delivering 240 PS and an extraordinary 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm. This engine will be available only with a new seven-speed
DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid model will also be offered.
Other new technology to be offered on the new Passat includes the Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument
cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display; a heads-up display; the latest Modular Infotainment
System, including the Car-Net remote app; a further-developed 360-degree Area View function; and the latest version of
Park Assist. This newly developed Park Assist includes the option for the car to park itself forward into perpendicular
spaces. It also includes a world-first Trailer Assist, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer
attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.
Other safety technology includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go
driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and
the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to
add pedestrian detection.
All new Passats will feature LED tail lights, while headlights will be halogen or LED. In conjunction with Dynamic
Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum illumination of the road
without dazzling other traffic.
Stay tuned to Next Car for further details. The first images of the new Passat will be published in early July,
ahead of the car’s public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Australian availability, specifications and pricing will be announced later. First deliveries will occur in 2015.