2016 Volkswagen Passat Previewed in Sketches

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat for the European market will be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and today the brand released information and sketches of the upcoming model.

An entirely new exterior that is said to be a big change compared to the current car is coming, though the new Passat won’t be in North America until the 2016 model year. A few other details were also revealed concerning the upcoming Passat, including the loss of about 190 lbs., the addition of more interior space and a new lineup of engines.

A new four-cylinder, 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel that makes 236 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque is now available, although it may not make it to the North American market. A plug-in hybrid model is also in development, and VW says it will be able to travel 31 miles on all-electric power and 600 miles in total.

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Inside, a new 12.3-inch TFT display replaces the instrument cluster, a new head-up display is fitted along with a new infotainment system and a new 360-degree camera system is installed. Volkswagen has also updated its Park Assist function, which can now park the car in a perpendicular space and can assist when the Passat has a trailer hooked up and is backing up.

To add to the looks, all new Passat vehicles feature LED taillights and LED or Halogen headlights, the latter of which are controlled by VW’s dynamic light assist which automatically adjusts the beams for maximum illumination of the road.

More details on the car will be revealed in July, while the entire car will be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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