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2011 Volkswagen Passat – Click above to enlarge

A Norwegian website claims to have snagged the first official photo of the 2011 Volkswagen Passat from one of the automaker's European retailers (they didn't, see the UPDATE below), and sources suggest we could see the restyled mid-size sedan as early as the Paris Motor Show this October.

There's still some question about what engines will be available when the new Passat arrives in Europe, but VW's ubiquitous turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is sure to make an appearance, while a new 300-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 will be available in higher-spec trims, along with the normal assortment of diesel mills. A hybrid model has also been confirmed by VW, and soon after the sedan launches abroad, the wagon variant will debut, along with a possible R36 model. Expect the full details to be revealed before the end of the month.

UPDATE: Looks like the Passat pic is a rendering by the artists from Autobild.

[Source: DadBladet via WCF]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it... it looks like a VW instead of a poor man's Audi.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW might as well bring Skodas into the U.S.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wish. Cheaper, more reliable, and with an understated but tasteful design. I'll take 10!

      • 4 Years Ago
      This isn't it. It is a Photoshop of the old model. But it is basically just a restyle. They should just skip the V6 and offer the 2.0 in different tunes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd be shocked if the actually did bring the V6 to the US considering they canceled it in the A4. Maybe in the CC?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure why everyone is blasting VW's reliability. Our family has owned many VW's and all have been extremely reliable.

      Most only go back to the dealer for oil changes/maint.

      My current 2007 Passat 2.0t Sedan and 2008 Passat 3.6 4motion wagon has had exactly 0 issues. the 2007 is nearly 4 years old and runs great, is my wife's daily driver and gets 36mpg on the highway.

      My brother also has several VW's, as well as my parents. My father's previous jetta had 50k miles when the lease ended and it did not have a single issue.

      Can't say the same for any american or Japanese cars we've owned in the past.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bland and uninspiring. I wish they put their resources into reliability which is abysmal at this point i the industry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        After Mazda Shinari back to reality. This is brutal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is about the most boring car I've seen in a very long time.... Are we sure it is not based on the 1986 Pontiac Tempest?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That loos suspiciously like the VW Phaeton I saw on route 95 recently. Nice but certainly nothing worthy of a Pheaton (Rolls Royce) badge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When did enquiring minds stop enquiring?

      Anyone who travels in Europe will tell you that the N. American VW "CC" IS THE PASSAT.

      According to VW N. America, the Passat is being phased out and replaced by the CC which will, starting in 2012, offer a wagon and 3.0 liter V6 and diesel engines.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Who wants a passat anyway. Bring back that microbus!
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTF!! VW your killing me.... I went from an 02 passat glx to an 06 top spec jetta 2.0t, to an 08 lux passat, to an 10 komfort passat and I’m suppose to drive this next. This car is fail!! Okay, that's out of the way. When can I buy one? Yep!! Blindly following VW,

      DAS AUTO!!!
      morgan plus four
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take the simple front end, thank you. German cars, and sadly now Volvo have ugly swirly fronts with generic air intakes with the old "angry headlights".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yawn, these new VW's look like the generic background vehicles in 90's video games.
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