The Volkswagen Passat has a long and storied history that dates back to the automaker’s decision to release the Dasher in the U.S. in 1974. Save for the change of name, some safety add-ons and emission-reducing components, the Dasher was essentially the same as the rest of the world’s Passat. The Quantum replaced the Dasher in 1982, then the Passat finally arrived in the U.S. in 1990.
Heading toward 2015, the highly anticipated, eighth-generation — sixth generation in the U.S. — Volkswagen Passat, which rides on the new MQB platform, has been already launched in Europe, although it won’t reach the U.S. market until 2016. Redesigned inside and out, the new Passat was dressed in a more stylish suit and fitted with a host of brand-new convenience and safety features.
Much like the previous iteration, the 2015 Passat becomes available with a bevy of gasoline and diesel engines. For the very first time, the mid-size vehicle has gained a plug-in hybrid version powered by a gas unit and an electric motor combo. Naturally, the redesigned Passat will endure a few changes before it reaches North American shores, but the Euro-spec model is a very good preview of what we’ll be getting in showrooms for the 2016 model year.
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The Euro-spec Passat has just become more stylish with the 2015 overhaul, which brings revised front and rear fascias and sharper body creases to the popular sedan and its wagon sibling
The Euro-spec Passat has just become more stylish with the 2015 overhaul, which brings revised front and rear fascias and sharper body creases to the popular sedan and its wagon sibling. The front end is now more aggressive thanks to its narrower headlamps and grille configuration, which is complemented by a revised lower apron. Although it still features the same horizontal, three-bar design, the grille sits in an almost vertical position and blends beautifully with the new LED headlights, changing the vehicle’s appearance almost completely.
Around back, the new squared-off design is enhanced by the restyled, Audi -like taillights and the muscular bumper that sits beneath a deep crease running along the width of the car. The exhaust configuration has been overhauled as well, with wide, twin tailpipes integrated into the bumper replacing the old, one-sided setup. When viewed from the side, the Passat’s lower stance and longer wheelbase is further emphasized by the sharp crease connecting the front fenders to the taillights. Large wheels are now housed by more muscular arches, highlighting the car’s sleeker appearance.
2015 Passat Wagon
2015 Volkswagen Passat - Exterior Dimensions
|Length||4,767 MM (187.67 Inches)|
|Wheelbase||2,791 MM (109.88 Inches)|
|Height||1,456 MM (57.32 Inches)|
|Width||1,832 MM (72.12 Inches)|
The new cabin configuration exudes a premium feel without being too flashy and boasts of high-tech gadgets
The Passat is equally impressive on the inside. The new cabin configuration exudes a premium feel without being too flashy and boasts of high-tech gadgets. Among them there’s the Active Information Display - a fully digital instrument cluster already seen on the Audi TT - and a heads-up display. In the back, an App-based rear seat entertainment system will make traveling in the Passat more enjoyable.
Although the exterior dimensions are slightly smaller than those of the previous iteration, the new Passat benefits from improved interior space due to its longer wheelbase. The cabin offers more head and legroom front and back, and increased luggage space in both the sedan and the wagon.
The big news under the new Passat’s hood is the introduction of a hybrid drivetrain, a first for the popular nameplate
The big news under the new Passat’s hood is the introduction of a hybrid drivetrain, a first for the popular nameplate. The plug-in hybrid utilizes a 154-horsepower gasoline engine and a 107-pony electric motor and cranks out a total output 208 horses, making it Volkswagen’s most powerful plug-in hybrid yet. In sedan guise, the hybrid Passat returns an all-electric driving range of 31 miles and a total range of about 600 miles.
Green tech aside, the Passat is available with no less than 10 gasoline and diesel engines built to meet Euro 6 emission standards. Fitted with standard stop-start and regenerative braking, the mills deliver between 118 and 276 horsepower. Both fuel consumption and CO2 emission have been reduced by up to 20 percent, but actual figures are not available as of 07/04/2014. Partly responsible for the improved fuel economy is the Passat’s 187-pound lighter curb weight.
In Europe, the 2015 Volkswagen Passat goes on sale starting July 2014. The sedan is priced from €25,875 ($35,182 as of 07/04/2014) while the wagon retails from €26,950 ($36,644).
The 2015 model year will mark the introduction of the refreshed version of the current-generation Toyota Camry, which was unveiled at the New York Auto Show. The Camry’s exterior has been redesigned almost entirely, with very few panels left untouched. The chassis, however, remained largely the same.
The sedan’s cabin is also new, now displaying more upscale materials, better fit and finish and styling cues borrowed from the Highlander SUV. Nothing has changed in the engine department, where the same the 2.5-liter four-cylinder is powering the base model, while the 3.5-liter V-6 is available on the range-topping sedan. The 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle unit continues into 2015 unmodified as well.
Pricing for the 2015 Camry has yet to be announced, but the base model should start from around $23,000.
The Honda Accord brings nothing new for the 2015 model year, but a facelift is expected to come by the end of 2016. Meanwhile, the current sedan can be had with the same athletic exterior design that was lauched in 2013, along with a modern cabin that’s pretty ergonomic and user-friendly.
Available in six trim levels, the Accord can be had with a choice of four powertrains, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid version. The base gasoline model is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-four rated at 185 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, while the range-topping sedan sports a 3.5-liter V-6 unit that generates 278 horsepower and 252 pound-feet.
As for the hybrid variants, both come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor that deliver a total output of 196 ponies and 226 pound-feet of torque. Pricing for the 2014 Honda Accord begins from $21,995.
Granted, the Euro-spec Passat has finally matured and ditched its boring design. The sharper body line, the updated interior and the updated engines, as well as the plug-in hybrid powertrain, are bound to make the Passat even more popular worldwide. The fact that the Germans managed to lower fuel consumption by up to 20 percent is equally important given the increasing need for fuel efficient mid-size vehicles. Hopefully the plug-in hybrid makes it to the U.S. as well, although we don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t.
- Stylish, more aggressive design
- Updated interior with plenty of tech
- A heap of engines to choose from
- Hybrid drivetrain
- Not coming to the U.S. yet
- Still waiting for the full specs
- Tough competition
Volkswagen has revealed the first technical details of the all-new Passat Saloon and Estate, ahead of the cars’ unveiling in July and their public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.
The eighth-generation Passat will bring with it a range of new technologies and features, to ensure that even after 41 years and over 23 million sales worldwide, it remains as competitive as ever.
Thanks to the use of advanced materials – including high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas – the new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than its predecessor, helping it to claim expected fuel-efficiency improvements of up to 20 per cent.
Despite exterior dimensions that are actually marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved, with more leg- and head-room, as well as increased luggage space.
A highlight of the Passat’s new range of engines is a high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel delivering 240 PS and an extraordinary 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm. This engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid model will also be offered, with potential to travel 31 miles on battery power alone, and with a potential maximum range of around 600 miles.
Other new technology to be offered on the new Passat includes the 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, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.
Other 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.
All new Passats will feature LED tail lights, while headlights will be halogen or LED. In conjunction with Dynamic Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum illumination of the road without dazzling other traffic.
Further details and first pictures of the Passat will be available in early July, ahead of the car’s public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October. UK sales will start before the end of the year, with first deliveries expected in early 2015.
Press Release July 4, 2014
The impressive Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam served as the ideal setting for the world premiere of a world-wide best-seller: the new Passat. The most successful European business car makes its debut with new engines, less weight and not least with the latest assistance, Infotainment and convenience systems. The car melts away class boundaries.
"This Passat heralds in a new era: when it comes to design and proportions, engines and drive systems, Infotainment and assistance systems or when it is a matter of safety, convenience and driving pleasure," explained Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen on the evening before 500 guests. The Group chief continued: "The new Passat gives the right answers to the major automotive trends of its time. For me this Passat is a premium class car without premium costs. This fits perfectly to Europe’s most successful business car – lining up with 20 percent better fuel economy, up to 85 kilograms less weight and a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines – there is even a plug-in hybrid available."
All versions of the Passat belong to the most successful mid-size cars in the world and at 1.1 million units a year (2013) it is the Volkswagen Group’s model series with the highest volume sold world-wide. To continue this success in the eighth generation, the new Passat is again offered in saloon and estate versions with a multitude of innovations. Thanks to cutting-edge design methods its proportions were made significantly more dynamic (including lower body, longer wheelbase and larger wheels). At the same time, the latest technologies have been applied. They include systems such as Active Info display (a fully digital instrument cluster), extendible head-up display as well as systems such as an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and three more world firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist.
The new Passat will be available with 10 direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines covering a power range from 88 kW / 120 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS. The engines all meet Euro 6 emission standards and both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were lowered by up to 20 percent. All versions are equipped with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode. For the first time, the Passat will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid drive (115 kW TSI petrol engine plus 80 kW electric motor and externally chargeable battery). With a system power output of 155 kW / 211 PS it will be Volkswagen’s most powerful plug-in hybrid and a genuine zero emission vehicle as it has an all-electric range of 50 km.
Advance sales for the new Passat begin on Thursday, 10 July. Prices start from €25,875 (saloon) and €26,950 (estate).