Volkswagen Philippines officially joins the midsize segment with the launch of the 2015 Passat. With more than 22 million vehicles in its series sold worldwide along with a 42-year production pedigree, the 2015 European Car of the Year plans to shake up the market with its array of safety tech, cabin amenities and TSI inline-four engine.
Available in either Highline and Business Edition variants, the 2015 Passat is targeted for executives and businessmen according to Volkswagen PH.
The exterior design of the 2015 Passat features a sleek and matured appearance. Up front, it has a three-bar grill, LED headlights and a distinct beltline that runs all the way towards the rear quarter panels. Over to the rear, it has wraparound LED taillights, dual exhausts and a large bumper.
Inside, the Passat features technological, infotainment and safety innovations such as the Active Info Display (exclusive for the Business Edition line), 3-zone Climatronic Air Conditioning (allows three different temperature zones), Park Distance Control, XDS Differential Lock, “Keyless-Go” Entry (KESSY), 8-speaker Audio System, and iPod, USB, Bluetooth Connectivity.
The Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) with Driver Profile Selection allows for easy adjustment between normal, sporty or comfortable tuning. The Driver Profile Selection also allows the driver to choose different driving modes: Sport, Comfort and Normal.
Adding to an ultra-comfortable ride are ErgoComfort leather seats with 12-way electric driver seat with memory. This feature, available in the Business Edition line, allows the occupants to take advantage of the spinal-optimal seating postures, especially during long trips.
The Passat features technological, infotainment and safety innovations such as the Active Info Display (exclusive for the Business Edition line), 3-zone Climatronic Air Conditioning (allows three different temperature zones), Park Distance Control, XDS Differential Lock, “Keyless-Go” Entry (KESSY), 8-speaker Audio System, and iPod, USB, Bluetooth Connectivity.
Furthermore, the Discover Pro with Navigation System, the Passat Business Edition’s premium navigation and entertainment system, provides the driver and passengers a single device to control and deliver everything. These functions include navigation, driver aids such as proximity sensors, MP3, WMA and AAC music playback to film playback, eco-trainer and intuitive control and operation, designed along the lines of current Smartphone logic. The Business Edition’s Panoramic Sun Roof also allows the driver and passengers to enjoy a nearly 360-degree view.
The Passat's top-of-the-line safety systems include: front, side, and curtain airbags to protect the driver and all passengers; a rear view camera offering a clear reversing image with easy-to-follow graphic lines on the radio/navigation display; LED headlights with projection technology, which include dual "U-shaped" LED daytime running lights, Dynamic Headlight Range Adjustment and Dynamic Cornering Lights, and; a Driver Alert System that gives an early warning when the system detects the driver needs to take a break on long and tiring trips.
Both variants are powered by the powerful yet fuel-efficient 4-cylinder, In-line Turbo Fuel-injected 2.0 TSI gasoline engine that generates a maximum output 220 Ps at 4,500-6,200 rpm, and a maximum torque pull of 350 Nm at 1,500 - 4,400 rpm. 0 – 100km/h comes in at 6.2 seconds while top speed is rated at 246 km/h.
Managing the power is a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission that delvers fast, smooth gearshifts and uninterrupted driving according to Volkswagen. It has a tiptonic function also lets the driver change to sportier manual mode. Precise handling is provided by the electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering, struts and 3-point wishbone with stabilizer for the front suspension, 4-link with stabilizer for the rear suspension, and 17-inch front and rear disc brakes.
Over to safety systems, it has: front, side, and curtain airbags, rear view camera, Dynamic Headlight Range Adjustment and Dynamic Cornering Lights and the Driver Alert System that gives an early warning when the system detects the driver needs to take a break on long and tiring trips.
Available exterior/interior color combinations of the Passat are Crimson Red/St. Tropez, Oryx White or Iridium Grey Metallic/Titanium Black, Deep Black Pearl and Black Oak Brown/Natural Brown.
Volkswagen Passat Highline 2.0L TSI DSG PhP 2,253,000
Volkswagen Passat Business Edition 2.0L TSI DSG PhP 2,759,000