New VW Passat revealed

New Volkswagen Passat

New Volkswagen Passat – click for hi-res image

It’s been a long time in coming but now the covers have been officially removed from the new VW Passat.

Hopes are high for the new model, the eighth generation of what has been a very successful series for the German firm, racking up more than 23 million sales around the world.

Essentially, everything for the VW Passat is new and has been designed from the ground up which means there’s new engines, design and technology.

New VW Passat is packed with design and technology features

There’s no doubt that the new car has a premium feel to it and it’s certainly a good-looking model with a few design style nods to the incredible Phaeton.

There’s also a plug-in hybrid VW Passat in the new line-up for the first time which should see the car travelling for 31 miles on just battery power alone and the maximum achievable range being of around 600 miles.

The new car has LED rear lights and some models have an unusual feature that when the car is braked the horizontal tail lights switch to being a vertical light cluster. There’s also a gismo that will adjust the front headlights so they do not dazzle oncoming vehicles.

VW Passat will be one of the safest around

Options include the increasingly popular heads-up display, a choice to get rid of the instrument cluster altogether and replace it with a 12.3inch TFT display unit.

As you would expect, there’s lots of safety technology on board the new VW Passat including rear traffic alert, side assist as well as traffic jam assist. The firm has also fitted an emergency system which will stop the vehicle should the driver be incapacitated for whatever reason.

Owners of the Passat will also find it comes with city emergency braking which monitors traffic and people around the vehicle to help avoid collisions.

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However, among the new engines is a high performance four-cylinder bi-turbo diesel 2.0 litre unit which will deliver 240bhp and produce 500Nm of torque from just 1,750rpm. VW says it should also return around 53mpg.

The new VW Passat will be officially launched in October at the Paris Motor Show with orders being taken at the end of this year with deliveries starting early in 2015.

There’s no indication of price as yet but expect prices to be in the region of £23,000 for the entry level model.

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