A set of 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights are the main updates, but buyers also get carbon-effect wing mirror housings, too. The interior comes finished with two tone leather upholstery and some carbon interior inserts.
Complementing the new engine is lowered sports suspension and a new electro-mechanical power-steering set-up. The 1.8-litre engine delivers power to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox and should allow for a 0-62mph time of just under seven seconds.
The Passat has been a big seller for VW in the US, where saloons are popular, and together with the Jetta makes up 66 per cent of its annual sales. Volkswagen hasn't confirmed whether this concept will make it into production but considering the Passat's popularity, it will probably make an appearance on US roads in the near future.