Do you recall the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept that we saw at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show ? Well, it looks like Volkswagen decided to wait a year before giving it the concept a place in its production lineup.
Known as the Passat Sport in its production guise, this concept-turned-production model will be displayed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and will hit the market in early 2014. It will start at $27,295 with a manual transmission or $28,495 with a six-speed automatic transmission, and it will take a mid-level spot between the SE and SEL Premium trims.
The Passat Sport will take lots of design cues from the concept car, including the black roof, black mirror caps, sport seats, interior carbon trim and more.
The new addition to the Passat lineup will be powered by a 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.
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2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport in Detail
When compared to the rest of the lineup, the new Passat Sport’s exterior is distinguished by 19-inch Luxor wheels, a rear spoiler and fog lights. Customers can choose between three exterior colors: Urano Gray (an exclusive color for this model), Candy White, and Tungsten Silver. With Candy White or Tungsten Silver paint, buyers can also opt for a a black roof and black mirror caps, like on the concept car.
A series of unique features are also be offered for the interior on top of the SE trim level’s features, and they include: sport comfort seats, carbon trim accents, aluminum sport pedals, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), stainless steel door sills and Sport-specific floor mats.
Gallery Volkswagen Passat Sport
Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced today that it will offer a production version of the Passat Performance Concept shown at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS): the Passat Sport. Joining the Passat line-up between the mid-level SE and the range-topping SEL Premium trims, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport takes a number of design cues from the concept car to offer an athletic-leaning take on the award-winning sedan.
Specifically, the Passat Sport features 19-inch Luxor wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights, a unique interior with sport comfort seats, carbon trim accents, aluminum sport pedals, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), stainless steel door sills, and Sport-specific floor mats. Three exterior colors are available for the Sport: Urano Gray (an exclusive color for this model), Candy White, and Tungsten Silver. Candy White and Tungsten Silver are accompanied by a black roof and black mirror caps, as seen on the concept car.
These features are in addition to those already offered on the mid-level SE trim, which includes Volkswagen Car-Net™, the Premium VIII touchscreen sound system with HD Radio™, automatic headlights, rearview camera, heatable front seats and leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with audio and phone controls.
The Passat Sport is available with Volkswagen’s new 1.8-liter EA888 Gen 3 turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine, which offers 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The 1.8-liter can be matched to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Passat Sport is priced starting at $27,295 with the manual transmission (including $820 destination and handling), and will go on sale in early 2014.