Volkswagen is not saying goodbye to big sedans just yet. While they have announced that they will slowly shift away from making traditional internal combustion engines (ICEs), the Wolfsburg-based automaker still believes in building sedans; not just crossovers and SUVs.
So much so, that the automaker recently released the first design renderings of the all-new 2020 Passat. Set to be revealed some time in 2019, the next-generation Passat appears to have taken styling inspirations from the Jetta, as well as from the Arteon flagship.
Looking at the images provided, the new Passat will have a sportier appearance compared to the outgoing model's more stately and upmarket look. Both the front grill and headlights appear to have been derived from the Passat, albeit having a more sculpted and chiseled appearance. Meanwhile, the front bumper gets huge corner air intakes and what appears to be a blacked-out trim piece for added flair.
Also worth mentioning on the 2020 Passat is its coupe-like roofline which could have been derived from the Arteon. Not only does it make the sedan look more aesthetically-pleasing, but the swooping roofline could also mean better aerodynamics and airflow for the big sedan. In addition, Volkswagen appears to have given the Passat bigger dimensions along with a long hood, short deck profile.
Around the back, the taillights have received a mild redesign but still look quite similar to those of the outgoing generation's design. New, however, are the quad exhaust pipe finishers which highlight the sporty redesign of the upcoming Passat.
Despite receiving an all-new look, Volkswagen stated that this particular Passat will not be getting an all-new platform for the US market. This means the US-spec 2020 Passat will still sit on the PQ46 platform, not on the newer MQB platform which is available with all-wheel drive (AWD). As to why Volkswagen decided not to switch to a different platform, the company said that since the segment is slowly shrinking, it would not have been viable to spend on making / transferring to a new platform.
However, this may give engineers and designers more leeway in adding more in-car amenities, features, as well as high-tech driver assist systems. Until then, we'll have to wait until Volkswagen officially unveils the 2020 Passat to the public.