After the spy images of the 2015 Volkswagen Passat which recently surfaced online last month, Volkswagen has released the first sketches of the 8th generation premium sedan. The car which was first spied in China under the name of Mogato is set to be fully revealed on 3rd of July before a grand opening at the Paris Motor Show, later this year. Built on the latest MQB(Modular Transversal Toolkit), it will have a prominent front grille and quirky headlights. The new eighth-generation Passat will be up to 85kg lighter than its predecessor, featuring a new 2-liter TDI BiTurbo and plug-in hybrid powertrains and will be even more spacious than its predecessor. Expect this cutting edge luxury sedan to be priced around Rs. 30 Lakh in India.
Updated on 2nd July 2014
Ahead of the official launch next month, the technical presentation of the 2015 Passat (Magotan as known in China) was leaked in China. The presentation talks about various features and minor specifications of the new 2015 Passat.
Dynamic Light Assist Technology with LED headlights and taillights : The new Passat will preview VW’s Dynamic Lighting Technology with integrated static and bending lights. This apart, the top-end variant of the car will get full LED headlights.
Digital Instrument cluster: VW have given the traditional cluster a miss, and have instead used a new 12.3-inch instrument cluster with a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. The display doubles up for navigation and seems inspired by the new Audi TT’s cluster. The new Passat will also get the head-up display system (HUD).
Reduction in Weight: According to the presentation, VW have achieved total weight savings of 85 kg in the new Passat thanks to the use of high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas.
Length: The new Passat will measure 4,767 mm in length, as compared to the current model which measures 4,769 mm.
Engines: All engines conform to EU6 norms. The smallest engine will be a 1.6-liter TDI producing 118 BHP, and the top-end diesel will make use of a 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo unit producing 240 BHP and 500 Nm of torque. Petrol engines will range from a 1.4-liter TSI to a 2.0-liter TSI.
Plug-In Hybrid: Confirming earlier claims, the new Passat will get a plug-in hybrid variant with a 9.9 kWh battery pack providing a pure electric driving range of 50 km. The charging socket will be located in the VW badge in the grille of the car.
Entertainment system: The entertainment system will get a MirrorLink feature for smartphones wherein the car’s system acts as a screen to the phone.
Park Assistant: The 2015 Passat gets VWs Park Assistant 3.0 system which has an option wherein the driver can manually select a parking spot for the car. On the current system, the car has to detect a parking spot on its own. A 360 degree panoramic camera will also be offered on the car which will assist the parking and navigation.
Trailer assistant system: Using this system, the driver of the new Passat can accurately judge the turning radius of the attached trailer. Attaching a trailer to a salon is new and we don’t expect it to take-off in India
Traffic Assistant Systems: A rear traffic warning system with a side assistance system and blind spot detection will be seen on the new Passat. It will also add the city braking feature and lane keeping assistant to the car. If the driver of the Passat strays from his lane, the system will first warn the driver will an alarm and a flashing logo. If the driver doesn’t react to this, a haptic feedback on the brake pedal will try to get the driver’s attention. The system also has the technology to tightening the seat belts, engaging cruise control and gently bringing the car to a stop should the driver fail to react.
The new Passat will be announced next month with European sales likely to begin by the end of this year. VW India have confirmed that the new generation will launch when the time is appropriate.
Source – Auto Home
Updated on 11th June 2014
The 2015 Volkswagen Passat has been teased by the company, a month before the car will be officially revealed. It is expected that the company will release more teaser images in the coming weeks.
The teaser image shows that the car will look a bit different from the sketches that the company released in May 2014, the design of the DRLs are a bit different. The car will feature full-LED headlamps. The teaser shows the prominent wheel arches and the prominent body-line running across the side of the car, meaning that the upcoming Passat will be quiet a looker. Check out the teaser image below:
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Updated on 26th May 2014
The new 2.0 TDI BiTurbo Diesel engine with 237 bhp and 500 Nm of torque gives a massive 62 bhp and 120 Nm more than the most powerful previous-generation Passat diesel. The engine will be offered in conjunction with a revised seven-speed DSG gearbox, reengineered to cope with 500Nm of torque, in a range topping four-wheel drive version, capable of returning around a fuel economy of 23 kmpl.
Also confirmed is a plug-in hybrid version of 2015 Volkswagen Passat using the same modular powertrain as the Golf GTE. Combining a 154 bhp 1.4 TSI engine with a 107 bhp electric motor, it produces a total of 208 bhp and 400 Nm of torque, with an electric-only range of 31-miles and a total range of around 620-miles between fill ups. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions should be close to the Golf GTE’s figures of 80 kmpl and 35 g/km.
Other engine options will include:
- 1.6 TDI with 118 bhp
- 2.0 TDI with either 148 bhp, 188 bhp or 237 bhp.
- 1.4 TSI with 123 bhp or 148 bhp (the latter with ACT cylinder shutdown),
- 1.8 TSI with 177 bhp
- 2.0 TSI with 217 bhp or 276 bhp of power.
On new 2015 Volkswagen Passat an updated electronic tailgate system allows you to open the hatch by waving your foot underneath the bumper, and now closes and locks automatically when you walk away. Interior technology now includes the latest MIB II infotainment system first seen on the facelifted Polo, with colour touch screen sizes ranging from 5.8 to 8.0-inches, while a new fully-configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, using technology first seen on the new Audi TT, has also been introduced.
The new Passat will be available for bookings, shortly after the Paris Motor Show. We will keep you updated with all the latest, untill then do let us know what you think of the sedan.