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.


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      bK
      • 5 Months Ago
      We never get the cool cars from europe and japan. Only the watered down appliance version. smh
        Ryth
        • 5 Months Ago
        @bK
        It's because the US arms of these companies think we want watered down crap versions. Take say KIA/HYUNDAI, their world versions of the cars have many awesome high end features but instead of offering them over here, they just take them out instead of letting us have the option of getting them.
          May
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Ryth
          Because you do want these versions. Americans are not ready to pay for cars as much as Japanese or European customers.
      erth
      • 5 Months Ago
      the passat is coming back into reality. the first variants in NA just didn't look right. i like the estate (wagon). hope it comes in the next year or so. with a 6 cyl diesel please.
      ferps
      • 5 Months Ago
      It's time to for VW to end the failed experiment of "value engineered" US-specific models. Give us this *real* Passat in both sedan and wagon form.
      srb
      • 5 Months Ago
      This is very German and thus very nice. I wish they would bring it to America as-is instead of the cheap stripped down one we get.
      SquareFour
      • 5 Months Ago
      No skin off of my peen, I'm not gonna pine for a mediocre German family sedan, but I do like how VW treats the U.S. as a second-tier market.
      IBx27
      • 5 Months Ago
      WOW that's boring.
      RLC
      • 5 Months Ago
      You know it's a dull design when the backgrounds in the photos are more interesting than the car.
      Greenman Wood
      • 5 Months Ago
      What's truly disgusting is us not getting the wagon. I hate the state of car sales practices from Europe and Asia.
        Johan Kihlander
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Greenman Wood
        Really? The Variant isn't sold in the US? Seems crazy to not offer the wagon of the Passat. It's big and much cheaper than the other German brands. I see it all the time here in Sweden. It's almost as popular as the Volvo V70.
      Mary Lewis
      • 2 Months Ago

      I'm not sure how VW sets their pricing but I looked at a Passat Premium TDI and it was 35K and lacking in many areas. When you pass the 30K level, there is some serious competition and I don't the American Passat cuts it. I would love the European styled version though. It's a beautifully looking design , way better than the Malibu looking American version. C'mon VW, give us the good stuff, not the appliance versions, and keep the prices in line.

      CjBronco2
      • 3 Months Ago

      now I think it sucks ass we can't get this version over here....

      pygmalion
      • 5 Months Ago
      shame on Volkswagen. the side is a Hyundai Elantra rip-off. didn't expect VW to be a copycat.
        May
        • 5 Months Ago
        @pygmalion
        What?! http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1f/2011_Hyundai_Elantra_Limited_--_01-04-2011.jpg http://www.blogcdn.com/slideshows/images/slides/275/165/3/S2751653/slug/l/003-2015-volkswagen-passat-1.jpg
      dohc73
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Chevrolet Malibu called, it wants its current dashboard design theme back. http://image.motortrend.com/f/roadtests/sedans/1305_2014_chevrolet_malibu_first_look/47177974/2014-chevrolet-malibu-interior.jpg
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