Now, Volkswagen has unveiled the all-new Passat at a ceremony at the Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam, Germany.
Set to be shown for the first time to the public at the Paris Motor Show in October, this Passat moves into its eighth generation, which over the past 41 years has racked up over 23 million sales worldwide.
Measuring in at 4 767mm long, the saloon is two millimetres shorter than the previous model, while the wheelbase is 79mm longer at 2 791mm. At the same time, the Passat is 14mm lower at 1 456mm and 12mm wider at 1 832mm.
Of course with a new body comes new technology as everything in this car is new, including its design, technologies and engines. For the first time, there’ll also be a Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system. In its design and in the advanced features it offers, the new Passat bridges the gap between the upper medium and premium class.
Because of the optimised engine orientation, it was possible to lower the bonnet and shift the windscreen towards the rear. This “cab-backward design” helps to create the impression of a premium-class car. At the front, the new Passat’s radiator grille features four chrome bars, which bend inward towards the headlights in a trapezoidal shape. The lowermost chrome bar of the grille is continued into the headlights.
Despite the exterior dimensions shrinking, the interior space is improved, with more leg- and head room, as well as increased luggage space.
The interior has been developed to match the sophisticated exterior of the eighth generation Passat. New technologies to be offered on the new Passat include the optional 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 generation of Park Assist. This newly developed Park Assist includes the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces – useful, for example at supermarket car parks, where access to the boot is important. It also includes a world-first Trailer Assist system, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.
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.
More details on the new Passat are set to be announced at the Paris Motor Show in October.