We’ve heard about the next generation Passat for a couple of years now. We have even seen a rendering of this Passat back in 2008. Now, at the Paris Auto Show, Volkswagen will finally unveil new generation Passat with a fresh new look and a restyled cabin.
Volkswagen styling director Walter de Silva said when talking about the new Passat: "We have been accused of visual sameness. But to understand our strategy, you need to look at the big picture. First of all, we must create a truly sustainable common form language for all VW models. Once the customers have taken in the new identity, we can start to differentiate slowly and very carefully. Consider for example the redefined family face, the implementation of which will be complete early next year. It defines the brand, and it must in essence remain about as consistent and classy as the design philosophy pursued by Apple. What makes all the difference is how the sculpture, the surfaces and the detailing relay exactly the right mix of style and substance."
The new Passat will feature bolder air intakes, a more angular grille, slimmer mirrors and parallel double streaks along the cleaned up flanks. Under the hood there will be a wide range of engines, starting with a 105 HP 1.2 liters engine and going to up to 300 HP 3.6-liter V-6.
This new Passat will live on until its eventual demise in 2014 when it will be replaced by an entirely new model. The Passat name will live on as the Passat CC and the Passat cabriolet continue their ride.