Volkswagen unveiled the all-new Volkswagen Passat with its new design, technologies and engines. At 4,767 mm long, the new Passat is two millimetres shorter than the previous model, while the wheelbase is 79 mm longer at 2,791 mm and therefore the body overhangs significantly shorter.
Only petrol engines are available for now. These are 1.4 TSI 110kW, 1.8 TSI 132kW and 2.0 TSI 162kW. The 1.4 TSI is available with 6-speed transmission as standard and optional 7-speed DSG. The 1.8 TSI is offered with 7-speed DSG transmission as standard. Meanwhile, the 2.0 TSI is mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission. The 2.0 TDI 130kW engine will be available from the second half of 2016.
The models come as the Comfortline or Highline. All derivatives offer a high level of standard features with highlights including Multi-Collision Braking System, Fatigue Detection (Driver Alert), Park Distance Control (front and rear), LED taillights, Alcantara/Vienna leather seats (Highline and R-Line), multifunction leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles for DSG derivatives and three-zone Climatronic air-conditioner (optional in Comfortline).
The interior has been developed to match the sophisticated exterior of the eighth-generation Passat. New technologies to be offered on the new Passat include the optional Active Info Display (available with the 8.0-inch Discover Pro Satellite Navigation system) which replaces the instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display and a head-up display (available early in 2016); the Composition Media Infotainment and the latest generation of Park Assist. This newly developed Park Assist includes an option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces – useful, for example at supermarket car parks, where access to the boot is important.
All-new Passat retails from N$378 800 for 1.4 TSI 110kW Manual
Thanks to its innovative lightweight design, the new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than the previous model.
Petrol-only range is the 1.4 TSI with 110 kW power output, 1.8 TSI with 132 kW and 2.0 TSI with 162kW.
Transmissions for the 1.4 TSI is a 6-speed manual standard and 7-speed DSG optional, and for the 1.8 TSI is a 7-speed DSG while the 2.0 TSI has a 6-speed DSG gear box. A 2-litre TDI 130kW engine will be available from the second half of 2016.
All Passat derivatives have LED rear lights while the Highline and R-Line feature a distinctive horizontal tail light signature that switches over to a vertically oriented brake light signature under braking. Standard headlights are halogen. Whilst LED headlights with dynamic cornering lights and LED daytime running lights are available as an option.
The new Passat is based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB), which exploits synergies across vehicle segments such as progress in weight reduction measures. The result the eighth generation Passat weighs up to 85-kg less than the previous model thanks to reductions in the chassis, power units, electrics, vehicle body and trim.
In the new Passat, Volkswagen is launching an instrument cluster that has been designed as a full interactive display. All instruments in the optional Active Info Display are implemented virtually via software; only the icon lights on the upper border of the display are still powered by hardware. Navigation information can be shown in 2D or 3D views on a 12.3-inch display, and its 1,440 x 540 pixel resolution enables extremely precise, high-quality graphics and interactive display of all details.
In Navigation mode, for instance, the speedometer and tachometer are relocated to the sides to make more room for the map, and information on driving, navigation and assistance functions can be integrated into the graphic areas of the speedometer and tachometer as needed. Data that is displayed on the centre console via the infotainment system, such as phone contact pages or CD covers, can also be shown in the Active Info Display in the Passat.
The new Passat is the first Volkswagen to be equipped with a head-up display, which will be available as an option early in 2016. This projects key information such as vehicle speed or navigation pictograms directly into the driver’s primary visual field, meaning drivers keep their eyes on the road while looking at data such as speed.
The Passat’s head-up display is a ‘combined solution’ the data is projected onto an extendable glass panel in front of the windscreen.
Prices start at N$378 800 for the 1.4 TSI Comfortline Manual, N$398 800 for the 1.4 TSI Comfortline DSG, from N$444 200 for the 1.8 TSI Highline DSG and from N$476 800 for the 2.0 TSI R-Line DSG. The new Passat comes standard with a 3 year/ 120 000 km manufacturer warranty and 5 year/100 000 km Automotion Maintenance Plan. All models have a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty and 15 000 km service intervals.