- NEW MODEL NEWS – VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
VOLKSWAGEN has lifted the wraps from the all-new Passat ahead of its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
The latest car is the eighth-generation of a model which has racked up more than 23 million sales worldwide over the past 41 years.
Everything about the car is new and Volkswagen says it will herald new technologies and features – including high-strength steel and aluminium to make it up to 85kg lighter than its predecessor.
The upshot will be claimed fuel efficiency improvements of up to 20 per cent.
And despite exterior dimensions that are marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved with more leg and headroom as well as increased luggage space.
A highlight of the engine range is a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel delivering 240PS available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
Other new technology will include an Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument cluster with interactive 12.3-inch TFT display, a heads-up display, the latest Modular Infotainment System, a 360-degree Area View function plus the latest generation of Park Assist.
The latter function includes the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces – useful for supermarket car parks where access to the boot is important.
It also includes a world-first Trailer Assist, without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.
Other safety technology includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go driving more comfortable, Emergency Assist – which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated – and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking.
All new Passats will feature LED tail lights, while headlights will be halogen or LED.
Further details and pricing are expected to be announced at the time of the Paris Motor Show and UK sales will start before the end of the year, with first deliveries expected in early 2015.