Volkswagen has revealed the first technical details of the allnew Passat Saloon and Estate, ahead of the
cars’ unveiling in July and their public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.
The eighthgeneration Passat will bring with it a range of new technologies and features, to ensure that even
after 41 years and over 23 million sales worldwide, it remains as competitive as ever.
Thanks to the use of advanced materials – including highstrength, hotformed steel and aluminium in certain
areas – the new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than its predecessor, helping it to claim expected
fuelefficiency improvements of up to 20 per cent.
Despite exterior dimensions that are actually marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior
space is improved, with more leg and headroom, as well as increased luggage space.
A highlight of the Passat’s new range of engines is a highperformance, fourcylinder, 2.0litre, biturbo diesel
delivering 240 PS and an extraordinary 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm. This engine will be available only with a
new sevenspeed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION allwheel drive. A plugin hybrid model will also be offered,
with potential to travel 31 miles on battery power alone, and with a potential maximum range of around 600
Other new technology to be offered on the new Passat includes the Active Info Display, which replaces the
instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3inch TFT display; a headsup display; the latest
Modular Infotainment System, including the CarNet remote app; a furtherdeveloped 360degree Area View
function; and the latest generation of Park Assist. This newly developed Park Assist includes the option for
the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces – useful, for example at supermarket car parks,
where access to the boot is important. It also includes a worldfirst Trailer Assist, which provides assistance
when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the
Other safety technology includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes
stopandgo driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the
driver is incapacitated; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally
combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection.
All new Passats will feature LED tail lights, while headlights will be halogen or LED. In conjunction with
Dynamic Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum
illumination of the road without dazzling other traffic.
Further details and first pictures of the Passat will be available in early July, ahead of the car’s public
unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October. UK sales will start before the end of the year, with first
deliveries expected in early 2015.