• May 12, 2010
2012 Volkswagen Passat – Click above for high-res image gallery

A fresh batch of photos has turned up in our inbox of the next generation Volkswagen Passat, which will be debuting next year. The only problem is that we are not certain if this is the larger North American specification Passat that will be built in Chattanooga Tennessee or the slightly smaller European model.

The new sedan does feature many of the same styling elements that we've seen on the sketches that Volkswagen has released of the new mid-size (NMS) sedan, as well as other recently introduced models like the Golf, Polo and Touareg. The new horizontal bar grille is visible through the front camouflage along with the rising rocker panel crease that flows into the rear wheel arch.

When the U.S. Passat arrives, it will be offered with a choice of the 2.0-liter TDI diesel found in the Jetta, a hybrid and probably at least two gas engines. Check out our gallery of high-res spy shots below.



[Source: Carpix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It doesn't look like it's changed too much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why have there been so many previous reports (including on here) that the Passat would be dropped in the US after the current version, and VW would sell only the new built-in-America sedan and CC? And now here's a report with conflicting news.
      • 4 Years Ago
      those 'Merican fat asses need a slightly larger car. that annoys the hell out of me. Why do I want a boat?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not totally that. The current Passat doesn't fit into the size class that the other mid-size cars(Camry, Accord, Fusion, Malibu etc) currently reside in so they are going to give us a distictive(read: larger) model that will go head to head with those mid-size stalwarts.

        Plus, it needs to be cheaper since the prices of the current Passat(and CC) easily surpass those of the mid-size market. Even the base prices of the Passat and CC are close to the prices of high-end versions of the others. You can get a $40k Passat easily, not so much a Camcordbusion.

        In this case, it's not the fat Americans that are causing it, it's the fact that al the other automakers made their cars bigger to so VW is just keeping up with them. Plus, it's a market they haven't really aimed for in quite a long time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So montoym, you're saying the only reason they are making it bigger is because everyone else made their car bigger for fat assed 'mericans? that doesn't make it right, or any less insulting. it's actually more insulting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks good so far, I could imagine with the new VW front, it should look almost like a Audi. Be a great car with the TDI and 4motion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't really get whats supposed to be hidden with most of these camouflage cars. A high profile car might need it, but who's going to notice a grey passat sedan with a slightly different body and conclude its a next generation unreleased vehicle?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cheap headlamp supplier. My friend bought new bulbs not from the dealer and hasn't had an issue since.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. I actually am not so sure it's not the LAST generation Passat instead. I mean, who can even tell? Yawwwwwwwwwwn. I wonder what the interior will look like? Oh, never mind. I forgot it will look the same as every other VW already does. Ditto the headlights.

        Why does VAG have such problems with burnt out headlamps, incidentally? Every time I see a car thus afflicted, it's nearly always a VAG product. I've seen three new Audi's with burnt out daytime running lights (the LED's!). Can they not do electricals well, even nowadays?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, Volksfolks just don't want people to see the whole extent of sheer boredom they'll be exposed to when the whole car is "revealed"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda Accord side profile
        • 4 Years Ago
        You must mean BMW, since that's where the Accord got its side profile/greenhouse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too early to judge but first impression is that this a nice but very boring design, much like the Jetta. I'm sure they will spice it up with some cool LED action to make up for a lack of an interesting shape or sheetmetal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man, I hope that camo is hiding all the excitement, cuz I see little of interest in these pics.

      VW designs tend to be well thought-out, but a little bland... this one looks flat out boring.

      What ever happened to the styling cues of the Scirocco? I was hoping that future VWs were going to borrow from that great looking car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      any wagon??? NOPE - Good to follow the leader VW.... What happened?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yikes! That front overhang is enormous for the size of the car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. What's with all the hideously huge front overhangs on cars these days? Why not a front-mid FWD arrangement that puts the engine behind the axles? How hard would that be?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the dream of a Passat with short front and rear overhangs continues to remain just a dream.
        • 4 Years Ago
        most cars have this in europe it's merely a safety feauture.

        you wouldn't squach somene with your wheels, would you?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hello American folks,

      I just have a question which is praying on my mind for, well, almost since I began to read this Blog: can someone explain me the fact, that every time when Autoblog shows a camouflaged prototype 70% of the users here discussing the look of the car?

      It's camouflaged!

      It's like sitting in a Coffee Bar somewhere in Arabia discussing the looks of Burqa wearing women

      In search of cultural understanding,

      Greetings,


      Baby, Munich / Schwabing



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