The Volkswagen Passat is a premium sedan competing with the Skoda Superb and Toyota Camry. The Passat hardly sells in India and it was even speculated that the company stopped selling this vehicle which was again clarified by the company that the Passat is very much on sale. The sedan sold zero units for quite a few months since buyers don’t find value in this product and hence they prefer the three Germans which offer more snob value at a similar or marginally higher price. Now the next generation Volkswagen Passat has been spotted abroad and it is likely that this new model will debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show.
Many changes have been carried out on the vehicle and the most significant one is that the new Volkswagen Passat will be based on the MQB platform. The front still carries the same premium styling with changes done to the grille, lights and bumper. The side profile gets a sharp crease that spans across the length of the body. Even the alloy wheels carry a new design now. The rear features a redesigned bumper, sleeker tail lamps and new exhaust tips.
The Passat still looks very elegant and the styling is not at all funky unlike, say, the Hyundai Sonata. The rather simplistic yet premium styling works towards the vehicle’s favour and doesn’t get any haters. Coming to the interiors, Volkswagen has done significant changes here too. The dashboard is not completely new but the company’s designers have surely redesigned it to make it look more upmarket. Even the quality of materials has improved a lot. The vehicle will come with lightweight body panels and the German automaker will also introduce hybrid and BlueMotion versions of the premium sedan.
It is even speculated that the new Passat will come with a 10-speed DSG transmission but there is no official word on this yet. It is possible that the new Passat will make its way to India but Volkswagen should focus on pricing the product competitively.
Source – Auto.163.com