After revealing the sketches of the 2015 Passat, the German automaker revealed the first technical details of the vehicle ahead of its unveiling in July and world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October.

Volkswagen says the 2015 Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than its predecessor due to the use of advanced materials, including a high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminum. With this, the automaker claims that the fuel economy of the new Passat is expected to improve up to 20 percent.

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat

The 2015 Passat also has a marginally smaller exterior dimensions than the previous models, but Volkswagen says the interior of the vehicle is improved with more leg and head room, as well as increased luggage space.

It will feature LED tail lights, while the headlights will be halogen or LED. In conjunction with the Dynamic Light Assist, the LED headlight automatically adjusts the beam without dazzling other motorists.

The 2015 Passat is equipped with Active Info Display that replaces the instrument cluster with an interactive 12.3-inch TFT display. It also features the following:  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. 

Volkswagen says the newly developed Park Assist includes the option for the car to park itself into perpendicular spaces.

The Passat also features a Trailer Assist that provides assistance when reversing the vehicle with a trailer attached.

Adding to the list of 2015 Passat’s safety technology are the Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking.

The engine of the 2015 Volkswagen Passat

The 2015 Passat will highlight a new range of engines. One of which is the four-cylinder, 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel that delivers 240 PS with 500 Nm of torque. This engine will be available only with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Volkswagen will also offer a plug-in hybrid model that has the capacity to travel 50 km on battery power alone with a potential maximum range of around 966 km.

Further details and first pictures of the 2015 Passat will be released in early July.