• Mar 22, 2009
Click above for a gallery of the Chinese market VW Lingyu

China's already got Volkswagen's Passat in R36 guise, as well as a locally-made, Passat-derived model called the Magotan. Now it's going to have another car based on the Passat called the Lingyu. Built on a revised, long-wheelbase version of the 4-year-old PQ46 platform and using the previous-generation Passat body style, the Lingyu is shaping up to be the longest Passat sedan variant available in China.

Three engines have been mentioned, along with a 15% increase in fuel efficiency: the 1.8T, 2.0 FSI, and 2.4 V6. The changes are being made by VW's Chinese partner Shanghai VW, with the aim of increasing interior space and comfort. The car should be available in Q2 of this year, and might make an appearance at next month's Shanghai Auto Show.



[Source: Gasgoo]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not bad. The side profile kinda reminds me of a last-generation Infiniti Q.
      Alex
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks llke the old Ford FiveHundred from the front...and some of you say it's the "best looking ever"....shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it's a chopped skoda superb mk1 :) very creative
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, The front end looks just like a GULP Saturn, but it's made in China they make ugly cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, if I was chinese I would feel very exploited, this is last gen Passat with Golf/Polo headlights.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't we here on the US regularly get "last generation" versions of cars?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I doubt they would think that way. This is a nice vehicle and their car market is still a bit behind (in terms of the latest models...then again so is ours * looks at Mondeo/Audi TT-RS).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the front end looks like the Ford 500 (the Taurus before the 3-bar grille)
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes thats it...
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car is for the TAXI in china. 500? Is that a name of the car? lol.

        oh nobody gona drive ford 500 600 700 800 in CHINA by the way. lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet this car will do well in that market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually, the Magotan is nothing more than the current PQ46 Passat sold elsewhere in the world.

      A Passat Lingyu has been on sale for several years......and was an extended, updated PL45 (B5) Passat. This model is an updated version of that...it's on the long wheelbase B5 platform, and not on the PQ46's transverse platform.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for the clarification! This is what I thought when I read "2.4 liter V6". This Audi engine is a 90° V6, not the 13° VR6. The 90° engine is so wide it would never fit in transversal applications.
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