Sorry, Americans – this one isn't for us. Yes, this is the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Passat, seen here in Euro-spec trim. And while the Passat is indeed a strong player in North America, this isn't the version we'll be getting – our car has been tipped to get a substantial refresh for the 2016 model year.
We don't have official Euro Passat details as of this writing, but several sources have published the images above, showing the lighter, sleeker sedan. Based on Volkswagen's modular MQB architecture, the new Passat is some 188 pounds lighter than its predecessor. What's more, the new car is ever so slightly shorter in length than the one it replaces, though the wheelbase is longer than before. This 2015 model is also a bit lower and wider than the outgoing Euro Passat.
A range of engines will be offered in Europe, including two versions of the 1.4-liter TSI turbocharged inline-four, putting out either 123 or 148 horsepower. There's also a 1.8-liter TSI four rated at 177 hp, and a 2.0-liter turbo with 217 hp. Of course, a host of diesel powertrains are available – there's a 118-hp 1.6-liter TDI, as well as a 2.0-liter TDI in 148-, 187-, and 236-hp variants. On the green front, Volkswagen will reportedly offer a 208-hp plug-in hybrid version with a 600-mile combined range, 31 of which can be accomplished solely on electric power.
As for other details, the Euro-spec Passat will have LED headlamps and taillamps, a head-up display, a range of new safety features (Traffic Jam Assist, City Emergency Braking, Park Assist, and so on), as well as an Audi TT-derived digital instrument cluster that you can see here.
We'll update this space with official details when we have them, but for now, click through our gallery above to see the new Euro Passat in both sedan and wagon forms.