Volkswagen has unveiled the seventh generation of the Passat at the Paris Motor Show and the BlueMotion model emits 109 g/km CO2 along with 68.8 mpg.
The BlueMotion model features the 1.6-litre TDI unit producing 105 PS along with aerodynamic modifications, Stop/Start and battery regeneration. The car will have a theoretical range of over 1,000 miles on a single tank of diesel.
The new VW Passat range will also have a 2.0-litre TDI engine available in two power outputs – 140 PS and 170 PS. Each of the engine ranges can be specified with a choice of manual or DSG gearboxes.
The petrol line-up comprises a 1.4-litre TSI engine developing 122 PS, a 1.8-litre TSI unit with 160 PS, a 2.0-litre TSI 210 PS engine and a range-topping 3.6-litre V6 producing 300 PS.
Every body panel on the seventh generation Passat is new – apart from the roof.
It will be available with many new technologies such as the optional new City emergency braking function. Part of the Automatic Distance Control (ADC) system, this automatically engages the brakes at speeds below 18 mph if an unavoidable collision is sensed by the vehicle. The system is also able to accelerate the vehicle automatically should it detect an imminent rear end collision – providing the vehicle sees a clear space ahead.
In addition, the new Passat can be fitted with an automatic fatigue detection system that monitors the driver’s inputs and automatically emits an audible and visual warning to recommend a break if required.
The new Passat can also be specified with the XDS electronic transverse differential for the first time. The system, which is standard on the Golf GTI, acts to reduce understeer and improve traction in slippery conditions, which promises to make the new Passat feel more responsive.
Both the Passat saloon and estate models are due to go on sale in the UK around the middle of October at which time pricing and specification details will be announced. First customer deliveries will take place in early January 2011.