Volkswagen is touted to launch the next generation Passat in India in January 2017 that was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo.

2015 Volkswagen Passat
The new Volkswagen design language has become sharper

Volkswagen will launch the new generation B8 Passat in India in January 2017. The new Passat is based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform that also underpins the popular Audi A3 sedan. It sheds up to 85 kg compared to its predecessor, with high-strength vacuum-formed steels used in the body accounting for 33 kg of that.

Initially, the new Passat will be available with the 1.8-litre TSI engine shared with the Skoda Octavia and the Superb. It produces 178 HP and 250 Nm of torque and will be most likely paired to a 7-speed DSG transmission driving the front wheels. A 2.0-litre diesel variant could be added to the portfolio later on.

Furthermore, Volkswagen is also expected to bring the plug-in hybrid Passat GTE. It was shown at the Auto Expo earlier this year and pairs a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to generate 218 HP and 400 Nm of torque. The power is again sent to the front wheels, but via a bespoke 6-speed DSG transmission with three clutches.

If Volkswagen is expecting Passat to sell in high numbers in India, then the petrol and diesel variants will likely be assembled at its facility in Pune (the fact that the 2.0-litre diesel engine is supposed to be produced there as well will only help). That said, the Passat GTE will be imported as a CBU.

The Volkswagen Passat will directly rival the Skoda Superb, Toyota Camry and the upcoming Honda Accord. Globally, Volkswagen also touts the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the BMW 3-Series as competitors, but it is highly unlikely that the Indian customers would buy a Passat over the duo. The previous-gen Passat was removed from the Volkswagen India portfolio owing to fall in sales around the same time when the new model arrived globally two years back.

2017 Volkswagen Passat India Launch

– This is the eighth generation of the Passat, with revamped exterior and interior
– Initially only a petrol version will be launched
– Diesel and plug-in hybrid models expected to join in later on
– Car will go up against the Skoda Superb, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord

2015 Volkswagen Passat Rear
Volkswagen has retained the Passat DNA with its lengthy silhouette

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