• Jun 4, 2010
Those crazy kids over at Auto Express have managed to get their hands on a leaked photo of the next generation Volkswagen Passat. The car is set to debut at this year's Paris Motor Show, and so far, the German manufacturer has been quiet about exactly what we can expect from the mid-sized fighter. From what we can tell from the leaked photo, it looks like the company will be giving the Passat a dose of familial styling. A sharp chrome-laced grille replaces the black plastic of the current generation, and crisp headlights similar to what's currently found on the Golf have been swapped in place of the old units.

It looks like the car will also wear slightly more aggressive body work all over, including aggressively arched fenders. Details are still scarce as to exactly what will crop up under the hood, but we don't expect too many big surprises. American buyers will likely still be able to get their Passat with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower while our European cousins will be able to enjoy a range of diesel and small-displacement gasoline powerplants.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Would like to see more of the body shape tho it seems okay
      for a sedan. I agree it could do with less chrome, especially those bits
      below the front fender line. I'm expecting the NMB to be Camry/Accord-ized
      ergo I hope we get this new Passat here as well tho I won't be in the market
      for either as a sedan-an AWD TDI version would get my attention very quickly
      tho!
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, upon further reflection, I like this design a lot more than the present design- at least from the angle shown here. It actually reminds me more of a modern take on my B5.5 Passat versus the B6 version, and I love the lines on my B5.5 Variant. Now, to see how she looks in Variant form.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually see a lot of the B4 Passat. Not that it matters but I find the lines on the B5 and B5.5 to be softer than the creases its predecessor. They're all nice looking cars...particularly the wagon/Variant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but this Passat front photo is conjuring up the ghost of the 2005-07 Ford 500 in my mind.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Passat was much better the last iteration when it was built on the A4 chassis, along with available quattro. We have had 3 of those, along with 2 A4s. I would be happier if they based the next one on the A4 B7 chassis (the just out of production one) rather than on the Jetta chassis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Passat's are based on the "B" platform, not the "A" like Golf/Jetta.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new front end is very clean and I don't mind the simple look, it does look quite plain and not at all distinctive though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh
      • 4 Years Ago
      Diesel Passat please
      • 4 Years Ago
      So VW puts the Golf face in another car, will it ever stop?? The last Passat CC looked a lot better than this one.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like an improvement over the current gen, although that ain't saying much. Too much chrome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Word. What, is VW trying to be Ford with all the chrome?

        I miss my 2000 Passat, with its sporty, stealth, chrome-free look. What is happening to you VW?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see a kind of '70s Audi vibe going on here.

        Designs tend to drift back and forth between rounded and creased. This is definitely more creased than its predecessor.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boring....

      I wouldn't call it ugly, but very safe, predictable, unexciting. That front grill looks a little bit like the Honda Crosstour's. I honestly don't see why anybody would buy this over the rest of the competition in the midsize segment. If its reliability is typical Passat-like and it is priced higher than the rest of the midsize sedans, I think it is safe to call this a big ........FAIL.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I too do not understand what you mean by Passat-like reliability. Our 2002 has 233,000 miles on it without a major repair and it drives like (almost) new. We haven't even given it a single tune-up. Our model was built in Wolfsburg, like most if not all Passats in the US, and that shows when we go into dealers filled with broken Mexican Jettas to get our oil changed.

        It's the absence of "Passat-like reliability" that makes me wary of the NMS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        B5 Passat Sedans were made in Mosel, Germany and Wagons were made in Emden, Germany- at least for the US Market. No US-bound B5s came out of Wolfsburg. A4 Jetta Wagons were made in Wolfsburg, but Sedans came from Puebla, Mexico.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd be pretty happy if my next Passat (whenever that time comes) has the reliability of my '04 Wagon. Just south of 100,000 miles and the only problem I had was a recall on the coil-packs. The only issues I have with VW are;

        A.) Supposedly the U.S. is not getting the new Passat.
        B.) VW did away with the 4-Motion, 5-speed manual setup in the wagon that I have.

        Believe it or not my car is fun to drive and practical. When I want something quicker and less practical I take out my Triumph Sprint ST. I don't like the current power-train offerings but it might be a moot point if the car isn't coming anyway...
        • 4 Years Ago
        My roommate has a mid-2000s Passat wagon and the car is a constant nightmare of expensive repairs including having to replace the entire aluminum exhaust system twice, all sub 100,000 miles. Other than the repairs the car is relatively fun to drive and has a certain prestige lacking from other mid-sized Asians and domestics
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks ctobio, its been a while since I saw the window sticker with the factory location, but the idea I'm trying to get across is whether the car is built in Sachsen or Niedersachsen the quality is still German.
        • 4 Years Ago
        144,000 relatively trouble-free miles on my Passat. The only non-wear items I've replaced have been 3 axle boots, a brake hose, and a coolant sensor, twice. Only once has this car ever stranded me- a failed fuel pump that was subject to a recall a month later, so it was free of charge. Still on the original clutch as well.

        I'm willing to tolerate a repair or two I am perfectly capable of wrenching on my own to have a car that is not a soulless appliance like a CamCord. In fact, you will take my '03 Passat Wagon, V6, 5 Speed Manual, from my cold dead hands, because no one in that price range is making a options laden wagon with a manual gearbox anymore. This car, when the time comes to replace it, would have to get replaced by an Audi or BMW to get me what I want.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A good friend of mine went through THREE automatic transmissions (repair costs in the thousands) for his Passat (don't know what year, early 2000's?) until he gave up. And it all happened with less than 100K miles (one transmission repair was covered by warranty, but he had to pay for the other two). He had other "minor" problems as well (eg windows falling into the doors, sensors going out). From what I've read, I don't think his experience was that atypical.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Again, is that a Passat or Jetta. I thought the Passat was dead.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "it's the Passat & CC that I don't see a big enough difference between. Jetta starts at 17,735 Passat starts at 27,195 and CC starts at 27,760 here in the US. I think the Passat is the odd person out."

        The CC actually IS a Passat, it's simply a 4-door coupe variant of it with a slightly wider bodyshell and a more upscale interior. It's known as Passat CC in all markets with the exception of the US and Canada.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's the Passat & CC that I don't see a big enough difference between. Jetta starts at 17,735 Passat starts at 27,195 and CC starts at 27,760 here in the US. I think the Passat is the odd person out.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Passat is for non US consumption. The US will get it's own car, NMS, to be named later.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "American buyers will likely still be able to get their Passat with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower while our European cousins will be able to enjoy a range of diesel and small-displacement gasoline powerplants."

        I believe this would be the "Rest of the World" New Passat.

        The NMS "New Passat", to be assembled in Chattanooga, TN (destined for the US and reportedly to be sold in CN and RU markets) would be larger than this...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Couldn't the NMS just be an internal name for the ground-up effort that could be named Passat?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I dont understand why anyone would get a Passat over a CC when they are practically the same price. The CC is a lot nicer and looks like its a lot more expensive than it actually is, the Passat just seems like another full sized car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        honda accord resemblance?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No Passat's been going strong for a while...

        • 4 Years Ago
        @john riley:
        "There does seem to be a great deal of resemblance between the Passat and Jetta:"

        Erm, it's called brand identity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey dude, the CC is a Passat :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volkswagen - - - Buick
      Passat - - - Regal
      CC - - - LaCrosse

      And the winner is...?
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