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The upcoming Passat offers an unmatched level of comfort, an updated sporty design and brand-new technology. It has been design to elevate your everyday driving experiences and aims to reinvent business-class.
The updated Volkswagen Passat will now only be available in the Estate body shape. This has allowed full focus to go on creating a comfortable and spacious car. The five-door estate has been created with a powerful, aerodynamic design resulting in a sleeker appearance. The ninth-generation Passat has a longer body with sharper lines along the bodywork and a smoother finish around the grille.
The rear has also been updated to include the full-width light bar which adds to the modern look and can be round on many of Volkswagen’s recently updated models.
There has been a complete overhaul to the interior of the new Volkswagen Passat. The new MIB4 infotainment system has been included which offers the user a more intuitive experience. There is now a 12.9” touchscreen as standard and a 15” panel screen can also be added to the specification as an upgrade. The screens can be configured to feature the users five favourite icons at the top of the screen which makes it more personalised and easier to use. There is also a 10.25” digital dash as standard which sits behind the steering wheel and has four configurable displays. A newly updated head-up display is also available on certain models.
Volkswagen have added a newly updated plug-in hybrid powertrain to the Passat range. There are two PHEVs available, both use a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine combined with a 19.7kWh battery, the outputs offered will be 201 bhp or 268 bhp. The Volkswagen Passat plug-in hybrid is expected to have an all-electric range of around 62 miles. Also in the range, there will be a mild-hybrid motor, two petrol options and two diesel engines.
The new Passat will have the option to feature the brand-new adaptive chassis control DCC Pro with dynamic steering. This quickly adapts to road conditions and the driving situation, delivering more comfort and driving pleasure.
IQ.Light matrix technology will also be available on the new Passat. This allows main main beam to be permanently switched on without dazzling other road users. There is also an elegant light strip extending between the headlights and the Volkswagen logo and the 3D LED tail light clusters are also optional available. They animate the brake light and feature an integrated dynamic turn signal that indicates the intended direction with a dynamic flowing light movement.
This includes the Passat, which has had a core place in Volkswagen’s line-up for an impressive 50 years. It’s now returning for an impressive ninth generation, and it’s making quite the impression with a range of advancements and improvements.
Ahead of sales starting later in 2024, let’s take a look at the key things you need to know about the new Volkswagen Passat.
For quite a lot of years Volkswagen has sold the Passat as both a saloon and an estate, but for this new generation, the firm has taken the decision to discontinue the four-model due to slowing sales. It means this latest generation is now only available in the more practical estate car bodystyle.
It grows quite considerably in size too, being 14 cm longer than before (now measuring 4.92m), while the width has marginally increased as well.
Much of this increase in size has gone into making the Passat far more versatile and practical than before, and though the previous car was hardly lacking in space, this latest model is quite an improvement.
The boot’s size increases by 40 litres to a giant 690 litres – one of the most of any estate car – while with the rear seats folded, space increases by 140 litres to 1,920 litres. It’s worth noting that due to clever packaging, the boot is no smaller on the plug-in hybrid versions, unlike plenty of rivals.
These plug-in hybrids also deserve a special mention, as it’s a brand-new powertrain being used on the Passat. Replacing the previous GTE, which sold very well, it uses a new 1.5-litre petrol engine as its base, rather than the old 1.4-litre unit. Power outputs of 201bhp and 268bhp will be offered.
But the real highlight of this plug-in model is that it uses a large 19.2kWh battery that allows the Passat to travel up to a claimed 62 miles on electricity. There will still be a broad range of petrol and diesel engines available too, with mild-hybrids offered for the first time on the Passat.
The cabin of the previous Passat was just starting to show its age, but this new model is quite the makeover. Using higher-quality materials, it represents quite the upgrade, but the real highlight is the new touchscreen.
Coming in a 12.9-inch size as standard, or optional 15 inches, both use Volkswagen’s latest MIB4 software, which makes it far slicker to operate than the outgoing system, as well as access to more connected features.
Not only do the increased dimensions of the Passat give it increased dimensions, but so does its smarter new look.
It’s quite different to the outgoing Passat, with a much smarter overall look thanks to sharper lines that help it to look lower and sportier. The R-Line grade is the real highlight, with its sportier bumpers and specific 18-inch alloy wheels giving it a really eye-catching look.