Although details are sketchy (*rimshot*), we know the new sedan will be built at VW's new Chattanooga, Tenn. plant in the spring of 2011 and go on sale later that year as a 2012 model. The plant is expected to churn out around 100,000 units each year, with the majority of the sedans finding homes in U.S. garages. However, VW plants to export the Passat replacement outside of North America.
As far as content and specs are concerned, don't be surprised to find VW's turbocharged 2.0-liter underhood in the base model, with a V6 option available on higher-spec trims. Bluetooth integration and other tech-rich features are a given, and naturally, being a product bound for U.S. consumers, scads of cupholders ought to be available to fit our 64-ounce Big Gulps.