The all-new Volkswagen Passat has been unveiled, and the model range will include a plug-in hybrid, with the potential to travel 31 miles on battery power alone, and a maximum range of around 600 miles.
There will also be a high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel delivering 240 PS and 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm. This engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
Everything in this Passat is new: its design, technologies and engines. It sets new standards with an unladen weight that has been reduced by up to 85 kg and fuel economy figures that have been improved by up to 20 per cent. For the first time, there will also be a Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system.
In its design and in the advanced features it offers, Volkswagen claims that the new Passat “bridges the gap between the upper medium and premium class”.
At 4,767 mm long, the saloon is two millimetres shorter than the previous model, while the wheelbase is 79 mm longer at 2,791 mm and therefore the body overhangs are significantly shorter. At the same time, the new model is 14 mm lower at 1,456 mm, and 12 mm wider at 1,832 mm. However 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.
Further details and UK pricing are expected to be announced at the time of the Paris Motor Show in October. UK sales will start before the end of the year, with first deliveries expected in early 2015.
Volkswagen unveiled the all-new Passat at a ceremony at the Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam, Germany. The latest car is the eighth-generation of the Passat, which over the past 41 years has racked up over 23 million sales worldwide.
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