Volkswagen have revealed the first images of the all-new 2015 Passat that is termed to be more lighter, fuel efficient and looks stunning than any of of the previous versions. The eight generation Passat rides on Volkswagen’s new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) chassis architecture and is slated to hit the European market in the last quarter of 2014. The model will takes its first public bow at the upcoming 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.
Details of the new Passat are scarce at the moment. But what we do know, is the new model is up to 85 kg lighter than the out-going model. Despite being 2mm shorter than its predecessor, the overhauled Passat has a 79mm longer wheelbase, as a result of moving the front wheels forward by 29mm and the rear wheels 17mm backwards. It’s also 14mm lower and 12mm wider than the out-going model. The fuel carrying capacity of the Passat sedan variant has been increased by 21 liters to 586 liters.
The range of engines for the 2015 Volkswagen Passat include, a new bi-turbo 2.0-Litre TDI diesel engine that has been tuned in three states: 240PS, 190PS and 150PS, depending on the variant. A smaller 1.6-Litre TDI could also be made available at a later stage. Petrol engine options include a 1.4-Litre TSI that puts out 125PS and 150PS, a 1.8-Litre TSI with 180PS of power output and a range-topping 2.0-Litre TSI that produces 220PS and 280PS of max power, depending on the variant. Furthermore, a plug-in hybrid variant with an electric motor and a 9.9 kWh battery providing a combined range of 966 km and a pure electric range of 50 km is also in the offing. Weight saving combine with thriftier engines promises to make the new Passat up to 20 per cent more fuel efficient.
Styling and feature updates on the 2015 Volkswagen Passat include, LED headlights and taillights, a TT-derived digital instrument cluster and a heads-up display. Safety and assistance features include, Trailer Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, City Emergency Braking and Park Assist to name a few.