According to a report by Auto International an updated version of the Volkswagen Passat is due out later this year. The car isn’t an all-new model, but rather a facelifted version with mostly cosmetic tweaks and likely a few interior trim changes. With VW looking to take the Passat more up-scale, it is expected to be offered with such amenities as a back-up camera, active cruise control and “intelligent lighting” that adjusts hi and low beams based on light and weather conditions as well as oncoming traffic.
No big changes to the engines is expected, however, VW is likely to drop the larger V6 due to a low up-take rate and less impressive fuel economy – especially compared to the always-solid 2.0T.
A full redesign of the Passat is expected in 2015, although by that time VW will have launched its new mid-size sedan in North America, likely killing off the Passat (at least as we’ve known it) on this side of the Atlantic.
[Source: Auto International]