The schism that separates the European-market Volkswagen Passat and its American-built cousin is evidently only set to widen, as renderings have officially been released showing off the next-generation Euro-market Passat sedan, and it looks quite different than our larger, less costly family sedan. That's especially true up front, where it wears an aggressive scowl thanks to a chrome strip that forms a brow over the piercing headlamps and grille.

The new European model will make its world debut in July ahead of its auto show debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and we've already got a trio of sketches that give us a rough idea of the new four-door's design, as well as some images of the structure underpinning the Euro Passat. You can take a look at those up top. The big news, though, relates to the other info Volkswagen has released.

For a start, VW's vaunted German engineers have managed to trim 187 pounds of body fat form the next-gen model, thanks to the additional use of high-strength steel. Designers have also managed to provide a larger interior in a smaller footprint, although there isn't an explanation of how much smaller the new car actually is.

We do know about a pair of powertrains for our friends in Europe, including a new plug-in hybrid that should net 31 miles of range on battery power alone. It will be joined by VW's new 2.0-liter TDI engine, which will be paired exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive. 237 horsepower will be on offer with the diesel powerplant, and European buyers will have 369 pound-feet of torque available from just 1,750 rpm.

Optional goodies will include LED headlights (LED taillights are standard), a 12.3-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster, blind-spot monitoring, front assist with city emergency braking and a dynamic light assist system.

Expect more on the new Passat as its July debut approaches. Scroll up for the official sketches and photos, and scroll down for the official press release from Volkswagen.
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VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS FIRST TECHNICAL DETAILS OF ALL-NEW PASSAT

Volkswagen has revealed the first technical details of the all-new Passat Saloon and Estate, ahead of the cars' unveiling in July and their public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.

The eighth-generation Passat will bring with it a range of new technologies and features, to ensure that even after 41 years and over 23 million sales worldwide, it remains as competitive as ever.

Thanks to the use of advanced materials – including high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas – the new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than its predecessor, helping it to claim expected fuel-efficiency improvements of up to 20 per cent.

Despite exterior dimensions that are actually marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved, with more leg- and head-room, as well as increased luggage space.

A highlight of the Passat's new range of engines is a high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel delivering 240 PS and an extraordinary 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm. This engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid model will also be offered, with potential to travel 31 miles on battery power alone, and with a potential maximum range of around 600 miles.

Other new technology to be offered on the new Passat includes the Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display; a heads-up display; the latest Modular Infotainment System, including the Car-Net remote app; a further-developed 360-degree Area View function; and the latest generation of Park Assist. This newly developed Park Assist includes the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces – useful, for example at supermarket car parks, where access to the boot is important. It also includes a world-first Trailer Assist, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.

Other safety technology includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection.

All new Passats will feature LED tail lights, while headlights will be halogen or LED. In conjunction with Dynamic Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum illumination of the road without dazzling other traffic.

Further details and first pictures of the Passat will be available in early July, ahead of the car's public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October. UK sales will start before the end of the year, with first deliveries expected in early 2015.


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      Mike Lowvw Krause
      • 6 Months Ago
      why does VW hate america? did we make them that mad in the 80's 90's?
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 6 Months Ago
      Just don't call it a coupe
      Justin Campanale
      • 6 Months Ago
      The only people who don't like the US spec Passat are people who haven't driven it. I rented a 1.8 TSI Passat when I was in Las Vegas.The first thing I noticed was how comfortable the back seat was and how much room there was. It's on par with older fullsize cars. The plastics weren't quite as good as something you'd expect from a company that makes the Golf, but were still decent considering the price drop. The engine was peppy and surprisingly responsive for a turbo.The car made for a great cruiser. It was able to hold a steady 90-95 mph (I sometimes pushed it into the triples when I got the chance) on i-15 from Nevada to Utah and was ghostly quiet. Driving through Utah's Bryce Canyon can be a little bit of a struggle for small turbo engines (the Cruze 1.4T I rented a few years ago was absolutely GUTLESS on that stretch of road), but it posed no major problems for the VW, The car was really well balanced and just a good all-rounder. It was able to traverse through winding canyon roads one day, zoom through barren interstates the next day, and zip through LA city streets the next. My only complaint? The transmission was a little bit wonky. On the interstate, it sometimes got into a little tug-of-war between 5th and 6th gear. This was only occasional, though, and after a while, the car settled comfortably into 6th without much hassle.
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Exactly what I've been saying. I've driven NMS and found it to be fine.
      Mike Lowvw Krause
      • 6 Months Ago
      why does VW hate america? did we screw them over that bad in the 80's 90's?
      montoym
      • 6 Months Ago
      Wait, what? A 2.0L TDI with more HP than the current 2.0L turbo gas engine (in non-R Model guise) and it comes with AWD as well? Now that sounds like a powertrain worthy of the GTD. Slap it in a Golf and ship them off! When are we going to see a similar set up here in the states (in any VW car)? I'm guessing a quarter to never unfortunately :-( They'd rather force you into a CUV instead if you want AWD.
        Proghog
        • 6 Months Ago
        @montoym
        Make a Golf R TDI or put it in the Golf R SportWagon.
      Michaele
      • 6 Months Ago
      And VW wants big increases in sales to the American market? The first they should do is stop treating the market and Americans like garbage. This and countless other examples just make it clear they are full of garbage.
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Michaele
        I wouldn't call developing specific versions of cars for this market 'treating us like garbage'. Granted, the 6th gen Jetta was botched, but they have been making improvements to it.
      Jarda
      • 6 Months Ago
      meanwhile Europe is still waiting for the new Mondeo i.e. the current US Fusion
        carguy1701
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jarda
        What are you talking about? The new Mondeo has been on sale there for the last year.
          Lachmund
          • 6 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          No it hasn't! It was supposed to but they canceled it.
          Brandon
          • 6 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          http://www.ford.co.uk/Cars/Mondeo yep...
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          You have a source for that? I'd imagine most of the major auto news sites would have reported something like that.
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Oh here's why http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/paris-motor-show-2012/2013-ford-mondeo-full-details-revealed-updated-gallery
          Jarda
          • 6 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          I live here. You don't.
          carguy1701
          • 6 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Sweet mother of... What the hell.
        timber
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Jarda
        The current Mondeo is just dead on the water nowadays... That's a pity because it leaves the Mazda 6 as probably the only good handling FWD available and Mazda's market presence is quite below Ford's They should be profiting from the Passat's end of life and instead are just loosing time before the competition rearms itself
      carguy1701
      • 6 Months Ago
      The next North American Passat will ride on MQB and be priced for our market. The current B6-based Euro Passat starts at ~28k USD (give or take, based on exchange rates) and is still too small for this market. I don't see any reason to not expect the next gen Euro Passat to be any different.
      PatTheCarNut
      • 6 Months Ago
      "That's especially true up front, where it wears an aggressive scowl thanks to a chrome strip that forms a brow over the piercing headlamps and grille." Do you guys write romance novels on the side?
      pygmalion
      • 6 Months Ago
      THE SIDE DESIGN IS A HYUNDAI ELANTRA RIP-OFF. SHAME ON VOLKSWAGEN. DIDN'T EXPECT VW TO BE A COPYCAT.
      FREEPAT75014
      • 6 Months Ago
      A battery < 10KWH is far too small as it does not allow to do in "all electric mode" and with only one charge per day easy to secure at home during the night, all my typical 65 to 100 KM of daily Local Commutes, so a good quality 3000 x cycles battery can last # 10 years, versus only 5 x years if 2 x charges per day are required, or 20 Years if battery could be large enough so one charge every 2 x days only was required. One charge per day requires 12 to 18KWH battery sizing, and one every 2 days requires at least 30KWH. 12KWH, and here WW goes backwards again. Bad. Will need to see what they do with Porsche Macan PHEV next year...
        montoym
        • 6 Months Ago
        @FREEPAT75014
        The Chevy Volt has a 38mile range on battery and it utilizes 10.8kWhr's of its battery. For a 31mi range, they "could" get by with a battery smaller than 10kWhrs. For one, I'm not sure what the problem is. Secondly, where did you see info regarding the battery size? It's not listed in the story or in the Press Release.
      Mr Sled
      • 6 Months Ago
      Is it more reliable yet?
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