The all-new, eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat saloon and estate will be officially launched at the Paris Motor Show in October. Ahead of the unveiling, Volkswagen has released the first details of the car’s specifications.
The highlight among the engine range will be VW’s new 2.0-litre, twin-turbocharged diesel, producing 237bhp and 369lb/ft of torque, available only with the seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive. There will also be a plug-in hybrid option, with a potential electric-only range of 31 miles and a total range of around 600 miles.
The new Passat’s interior will do away with a traditional instrument cluster, replacing it with a 12.3-inch TFT screen that the driver will be able to configure to show whatever information they want. But that is just the start of the technology available on the Passat. There’s a head-up display; the latest generation Part Assist that will park in a perpendicular space, as well as parallel park; VW’s latest Modular Infotainment System; Traffic Jam Assist, which cuts down the effort the driver has to put in in stop-start traffic; Emergency Assist, which can stop the car if the driver is incapacitated; City Emergency Braking, which now detects pedestrians; even Trailer Assist, which provides assistance when reversing a trailer.
Further details on the new Passat will be released in July ahead of its October launch.