Meet the new Volkswagen Passat. Our exclusive main picture – leaked from a German VW brochure – shows the upcoming family saloon without disguise for the first time.
Back in Issue 1,115, we brought you spy shots of a four-door testing in the Alps, wearing camouflage. But this image goes one better by revealing the production version.
As we suspected, the front end is revised, to fall in line with the rest of the VW family. With lower, wider air intakes and a narrower upper grille, the Passat now looks similar to the latest Polo and Golf head-on. The lights have been tweaked to include LED daytime running lamps, too.
Inside, the firm will add some class by carrying over the three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and chrome-rimmed dials from the sportier and more exclusive Passat CC. As a result, the newcomer will target the likes of the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class.
The current Passat’s range of petrol and diesel engines is likely to remain unchanged, with 1.4 and 1.8-litre TSI petrol units and 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDI diesels. A hot R model, featuring a 2.0-litre turbo delivering close to 270bhp, is set to follow.
VW will take the wraps off the new Passat at October’s Paris Motor Show, and it’s due on sale early next year.