The VW Passat
is the most important model in the Volkswagen range - after the Golf –
and Auto Express can bring you exclusive images and details of the new
When the current MkVII Passat was launched in 2011, it was more of a
visual refresh than an all-new model. But this time, VW will put its
full engineering weight behind a family of new Passats sitting on VW’s
modular MQB platform. This will include a new CC and CC Shooting Brake,
but the saloon and spacious estate – revealed in our exclusive images –
are due to arrive at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015.
The images are based on two test cars (codenamed B8) spotted by our
spies in Germany. Despite the heavy disguise, they clearly retain the
current car’s profile, but with shorter overhangs, a longer wheelbase
and a wider track.
The increase in dimensions is due to the MQB chassis, which means the VW Golf
and Passat will share mechanicals for the first time. The new chassis
will ensure the Passat is at least 90kg lighter than at present, too,
improving economy and CO2 emissions.
An insider has revealed VW is set to take a new design direction, inspired by the CrossBlue and Sportsvan concepts. And you can see the grille forms a single line with slim new headlight clusters.
The wider track gives a more powerful stance, but the car keeps the
classic proportions and clean, simple lines VW is famous for. A
sportier, more adventurous look will be reserved for the new CC.
Buyers demanding ultimate efficiency will have the option of a
plug-in hybrid, mixing a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with a lithium-ion
battery pack to give near-150mpg economy and emissions of less than
60g/km. That should keep the Passat ahead of Mazda’s new 6 and the
delayed Ford Mondeo.
Some engines will be shared with the Golf, but there are rumours of a
new 200bhp-plus twin-turbo 2.0 TDI diesel. Another possibility is a hot
Passat R using the new ‘VR6’ engine from the CrossBlue Coupé – which
can be hooked up to a hybrid system, or tuned for well over 400bhp and
coupled with four-wheel drive. For more details click here.