• Apr 2, 2010
According to Auto International, Volkswagen is set to release the latest update its Passat mid-size sedan at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Further, the German automaker could have both the sedan and wagon versions already in European dealerships before the end of the year.
If there's any truth to the rumor, the next Passat will get new bodywork but will share it basic structure with the current car, with major elements such as the roof going completely unchanged. In keeping with VW's upscale theme for the Passat, the next-gen model is expected to offer such luxuries as reversing cameras, active cruise control and intelligent lighting.

Power will surely come from a number of gasoline and diesel engines, most employing some form of forced induction and displacing between 1.2 and 2.0 liters. In what appears to be a growing industry trend, larger V6 engines are said to be gone from the specifications list, although a hybrid and full electric model are supposedly planned for the next full redesign for the 2015 model year.

[Source: Auto International]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      That rear end reminds me of a Audi, should be interesting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They gotta do better than that in today's marketplace.

      VW went from having some VERY nice looking models (like the European Scirocco), to more recently having a VERY boring-looking new Tiquan.

      I hope the Tiguan is not indicative of what we should expect from them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tiguan is by far the best looking Compact SUV in its segment! It's also one of the better looking VW in the current line up with very sharp lines especially in the front end. How is that boring? I guess afterall, designs and looks are all subjective.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Once they build in the states and avoid tariffs and import/export fees, taxes, etc, their prices should be much more competitive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Passat is already 2.0T... the 3.6L was dropped some time ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ode to mediocrity Mk II...

      BTW, a 1.2 engine moving around a 2-ton car.... Surelly, there will be no turbo lag as you'd need one to get the damn thing moving... I wonder what the life expectancy that engine has....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Missed the point. It's offering a 1.2 in Europe. Compared to the 1.6, which had less torque (109) and roughly the same hp (101) to the new 1.2T (105 hp and 129 lbs/ft torque, with a much wider torque band at that), I'd say the 1.2 is an improvement.

        Granted, nothing I'd rather drive in the US, but if it was in the right tax bracket and got decent mileage, why not?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Minimum this car needs is a W8 or 2.7L V6 (not a VR6!) turbo. In keeping with Audi/VW interior tradition, the W8 will have the highest level interior materials.

      Now, this car with a W12.....yowza. But sadly, not to happen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        W8? Forget about that - it was a failed experiment by Piech.

        And what other car in this class today even has an 8 cylinder engine? AFAIK none, because none needs it. If you can't make a 6 with more than enough power for a mid-sized family car, then get the hell out of the car-making business.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you're completely missing the point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rear end looks like a Buick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Audi is a level above, so VW doesn't compete with them. They compete with Toyotas, Hondas but offer more.

        The CC does not replace the Passat, currently it sits above it. No idea how it will play out once the bigger, newer Passat comes out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why bother? Isn't the CC a replacement for the Passat?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Luxury VW? I don't get this strategy............Audi is supposed to be that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No hybrid? And only front and rear design element tweaking? The Passat's really going to fall quickly behind the market leaders although it is nice to see VW deleting the horribly cheap circular taillights on all their vehicles. (Chevy - Toyota take note!)
        • 4 Years Ago
        NMS couldn't be slated for MY2011 because it's set to be built at the Chattanooga factory which isn't operational yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Though I'm one of those that grumbles about Volkswagen's dependability and image, the Passat's mechanicals are still very competitive. . .and that's even before taking into account the fact that it can potentially 'borrow' more current technology from 'cousins' within VAG. That said, I've been led to believe that the Passat has never gone anywhere, at least in the U.S., because all the most sparsely equipped versions command a premium that could get buyers most, if not all the way into either a larger car or an entry-level luxury sedan (one of the reasons we're getting the NMS). In fact, I wonder whether the U.S. will even see this car because various resources assert that the NMS is due for the 2011 model year. . .
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a current b6 owner, i'll wait until the 2nd revision of this new design so all the kinks gets ironed out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the Passat is also getting the VW family looking... poor boy.
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