Volkswagen held a the global debut of the all-new 2015 Passat at their Design Center in Potsdam, Germany. The 8th generation of the popular VW model will make its public debut come October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Being the 8th generation Passat isn’t the only thing new about this model that has sold 23 million units worldwide. Its weight has been reduced by 85kg improving its fuel efficiency by 20%.
Overall length has been shortened by 2mm but the wheelbase has increased by 79mm and it is now lower by 14mm and wider by 12mm. These minute adjustments has actually improved interior space by providing more leg and head-room, as well as increased luggage space.
All models of Passat have LED rear lights, while the higher-specification versions feature a distinctive horizontal tail light signature that switches over to a vertically oriented brake light signature under braking. Headlights are halogen or LED. In conjunction with Dynamic Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum illumination of the road without dazzling other traffic.
Creature comforts of the all-new Passat include the optional Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display; a heads-up display; the latest Modular Infotainment System, including the Car-Net remote app; a further-developed 360-degree Area View function; and the latest generation of Park Assist, which includes the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces. It also includes a world-first Trailer Assist system, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.
Safety technology includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection.
A new range of engines complete the all-new Passat. The first is a 2.0-liter, bi-turbo diesel delivering 239PS and an extraordinary 500Nm from 1,750 rpm. This engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. The second option is a plug-in hybrid model with potential to travel 50 km on battery power alone and with a maximum range of around 966 km.
Release will be initially for the UK market only and pricing will be announced closer to the Paris Motor Show in October with sales to begin by year’s end.