- The American-spec Volkswagen Passat is revealed at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show.
- Comes with an aggressive design overall along with added features.
- Will inspire the new Passat for the Indian market as well.
Volkswagen has revealed the all-new Passat for the American market at the ongoing 2019 Detroit Motor Show. The new Passat adopts sharp styling along with a host of new features.
The Arteon inspired fascia is the highlight of the new and bigger Passat. The changes to the exterior are made keeping in mind the American taste, claims the carmaker. The imposing facia now gets horizontal chrome louvres with integrated headlights. The standard LED headlights and taillights across the range make the Passat more upmarket. The sleek tail lights seem to have been inspired by Mercedes-Benz’s new design language. The sedan now sits on 17-inch wheels as standard, while the customers can upgrade to 18- and 19-inch as well.
The upmarket feel continues on the inside with an entirely redesigned cabin layout. There are expensive materials present such as V-Tex leatherette and Nappa leather on top-spec variant while available as standard are cloth seats with four colour options. The feature list now includes powered seats with memory function, dual-zone auto-climate control, adaptive lights, voice control, remote start and easy open trunk. The glass-covered touchscreen infotainment system comes with MIB II Composition Media infotainment with SiriusXM radio as standard. It comes with smartphone integration as well, with the top-spec getting Fender Premium audio system. There are a host of active and passive driver aids as well such as Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert both as standard and Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, and Park Assist as optional extras.
Volkswagen has dropped the V6 engine option for the Passat. So now, under the hood, the new Passat continues to be powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine making 174bhp and 250Nm. Power is sent to front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
The American-spec Passat is different compared to the MQB-based version Passat in the European market (which is due for a facelift). The India-bound new Volkswagen Passat, however, will take its inspiration from both the American and European spec models. More details will be revealed in the coming days