Two new trim levels for the Volkswagen Passat have been revealed. On sale from 2 January, the Passat Executive and Passat Executive Style sit above the entry level S and BlueMotion models in the range and are available in both saloon and estate bodystyles. An all-new Passat is due later this year, and is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.
The Passat Executive replaces the current Highline model, and includes 17-inch Michigan alloy wheels, including a full-size spare, plus exterior chrome trim. Estate models also get matt black roof rails.
Inside, all cars get touchscreen sat-nav, leather upholstery, heated front seats and electric adjustment for the driver’s seat. Also include is 2Zone automatic climate control, auto lights and wipers and front and rear parking sensors.
VW claims that the Passat Executive comes with over £1,700-worth of equipment over the Passat Highline, but costs £200 more. That means a starting price of £22,900 for a Passat Executive saloon powered by a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, rising to £28,160 for a 2.0-litre TDI Passat Executive Estate with a DSG gearbox.
If the Executive doesn’t offer enough kit, VW has also added the Executive Style model, which replaces the Sport and R-Line trim levels. It has all the kit of the Executive model, but adds 15mm lower sports suspension, 18-inch Kansas alloys, bi-xenon headlights, front fog lights and tinted rear windows.
VW claims this kit is worth more than £2,000, although the Executive Style models cost £995 more than the Passat Executive. Prices for the Passat Exectuive Style range from £23,895-£29,155.