2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI rated 43 mpg highway, priced from $25,995*

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Volkswagen has officially announced pricing for its 2012 Passat and it turns out that buyers will be able to snatch up the mid-size sedan for as low as $19,995 (excluding $770 in destination charges). At that price, you'll land a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, 16-inch steel wheels, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and a slew of other standard equipment items.

Steeping into the 2012 Passat TDI will set you back $25,995 (plus the aforementioned $770). At that price, you get VW's fabulous 2.0-liter, turbodiesel four-cylinder engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, a touchscreen radio and a six-speed manual transmission. VW's automatic DSG transmission is optional. Stepping up to the TDI model, which is rated at 31 miles per gallon city and a "best-in-class" 43 mpg on the highway, means that you'll own the only clean diesel vehicle in the mid-size family sedan segment. Hit the jump for VW's press release for more details on the 2012 Passat lineup.

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2012 Passat Sets New Benchmarks in the Midsize Segment:

Highly Contented with Standard Premium Features Such as

Automatic Dual-Zone Climate Control and Bluetooth®

Only Clean Diesel Option in Segment with Manufacturer Estimated Best-in-Class 43 MPG Highway and Range of Nearly 800 Miles

Class-Leading Rear Seat Legroom

No-Charge Three-Year/36,000 Mile Carefree Maintenance® Program

German Engineering and Sophistication, Built in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Herndon, Va. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the all-new 2012 Passat, a vehicle that brings new standards to the highly competitive midsize segment, with a starting MSRP of $19,995. The 2012 Passat offers exceptional features and premium options in three powertrains and a variety of equipment levels, with equally impressive pricing.

"The 2012 Passat is a true Volkswagen, offering German engineering, class-leading standard features, and superior fuel economy, all for a remarkable value," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. "Demonstrating our commitment to the American market, the car will be produced at one of the newest, most advanced, and environmentally responsible auto assembly plants in the world in Chattanooga, Tennessee."

The 2.5L model with manual transmission and 170 horsepower has a starting MSRP of $19,995.The 2.5L model, available in eight equipment levels, comes standard with automatic dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls and Volkswagen's no-charge three-year/36,000 mile scheduled Carefree Maintenance Program. The up-level SE model starts at $23,725 and includes additional equipment such as 17-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power driver seat, heated front seats, touchscreen Premium VIII radio, and a multi-Function leather-wrapped steering wheel (see 2012 Passat pricing chart for further details and additional model information).

The 2.0L TDI® Clean Diesel model offers three trim levels and starts at $25,995. The Passat TDI – the only clean diesel option in the midsize segment – is expected to deliver 43 mpg highway, with a range of nearly 800 miles. The TDI base trim package, the SE, comes standard with features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, Volkswagen's touchscreen Premium VIII radio and a six-speed manual transmission. Volkswagen's automatic DSG® transmission is optional. This direct-shift gearbox is a technologically advanced six-speed transmission that incorporates an automatic dual-clutch system that instantly engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal.

The powerful 3.6L VR6® is offered in three trim levels and has a starting MSRP of $28,995. The VR6 model comes standard with a six-speed automatic DSG transmission and offers a highly competitive 280 horsepower. Additional standard premium features in the VR6® model include 18-inch alloy wheels, comfort sport seats, a sunroof, and a class exclusive Fender® Premium Audio System.

The new Passat, designed specifically for the North American market, provides premium features uniquely offered in the U.S., yet maintains the dynamic character that is expected of a Volkswagen. For instance, the new Passat sets new standards for comfort, with best-in-class rear-seat legroom. The all-new midsize sedan is 191.7 inches long and has a 110.4 inch wheelbase.

Premium options include leather seating surfaces, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, wood decor, ambiance lighting, memory driver's seat, power passenger seat, a choice of Volkswagen's RNS 315 or RNS 510 navigation systems, front fog lights with static cornering lights, and keyless access with push button start.

The Passat will also offer the new Fender Premium Audio System, designed exclusively for Volkswagen. In a partnership that combines quality automotive engineering and quality sound engineering, Volkswagen and Fender have teamed up to bring the raw emotion of live music to the driving experience.

2012 Passat Pricing

Model Price Features
2.5L – S (man) $19,995
2.5L – S w Appearance
(auto) $22,690

16" steel wheels, six-speed manual transmission, Automatic dual-zone climate control, power locks & windows, body color mirror and door handles, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls, 8-way manual driver seat, center armrest w/integrated storage box
+ Six-speed automatic transmission, 16" alloy wheels, rear center armrest w/storage

2.5L – SE (man) $23,725
2.5L – SE (auto) $24,825
2.5L – SE w Sunroof $25,625
2.5L – SE w Sunroof/Navi $26,795

17" alloy wheels, V-Tex leatherette, 8-way power driver seat, heated front seats, touchscreen Premium VIII radio, Multi-Function leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim dash and middle console, exterior chrome window trim, sliding front center armrest
+ Six-speed automatic transmission
+ Sunroof
+ RNS 315 Navigation with Mobile Device Interface (MDI)

2.5L – SEL $28,395
2.5L – SEL Premium $29,895

+RNS 510 Navigation, Fender Premium Audio System, Homelink, comfort sport seats, interior chrome accents, wood grain interior décor, exterior chrome accents
+ leather seating surfaces, keyless access and remote start, fog lights, driver seat memory, 8-way power passenger seat

TDI – SE $25,995

17" alloy wheels, V-Tex leatherette seating, 8-way power driver seat, heated front seats, touchscreen Premium VIII radio, Multi-Function leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim dash and middle console, exterior chrome window trim, sliding front center armrest

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