The diesel version of the Passat is a casualty of the Volkswagen diesel-emissions scandal that broke in September. With an estimated 500,000 VWs on US roads that include diesel engines programmed to cheat emissions-testing systems, VW had already withdrawn certification procedures for the 2016 diesel-powered Passat with the US Environmental Protection Agency early last month. The company continues to work on a fix and a recall plan for its diesel-powered sedans.
The automaker unveiled the 2016 Passat in late September, with a base price of $23,260 as well as some more aggressive styling upgrades. Aside from the 2.0-liter turbo diesel mill, the model's powertrain options include a 3.6-liter V6 and a 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. Gas-powered 2016 Passats are slated to hit US dealers by early next month. Through the first 10 months of the year, US Passat sales have fallen 12 percent from a year earlier to almost 72,000 units. Still, Passat sales for October alone jumped 25 percent from a year earlier to more than 8,100. Take a look at our First Drive impressions of the 2016 Passat here.