Volkswagen has officially revealed the latest Euro-spec Passat B8, with the lightest version being just 1,315 kg (2,892 lbs). The German auto giants have big hopes from their flagship “business car” and have put some serious effort into making it up-to-date with some modern trends.
The new Passat is based on an evolutionary design with dimensions a tad shorter, but wider and lower than the previous versions. The Passat B8 is 4767mm long, 1832mm wide and 1456mm tall (2mm shorter, 12mm wider and 6mm lower than the old one). The beauty of the new car is that it is considerably lighter than the previous ones. A saving of 85 kg (188 lbs) in a car like the Passat is a big deal. The engineers at VW have managed that by using a combination of high-strength steel, hot-formed steel and aluminum in the structure.
The wheelbase (2791mm) has been stretched too, an increase of 79mm. The front and rear tracks are wider, for traction to add stability and compensate for the speed-inclined weight-to-power ratio evolution. It also features a 9kg lighter suspension that has MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link system in the rear. And the eyes—all LED with an option of configuring with Dynamic Light Assist that automatically adjusts the high beam without disturbing incoming traffic.
Besides offering more space for the driver and passengers, the eighth-generation Passat comes with a larger trunk (586 liters) than the previous models. The cargo capacity (650 liters) has also gone up, and can be increased to 1,780 liters by folding down the rear seats. The analog instruments on upper-spec versions are replaced with an Active Info Display, a configurable 12.3-inch TFT screen. The 2015 Passat can be configured with many safety and assistance systems such as Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist, City Emergency Braking, Trailer Assist, Emergency Assist and revised 360-degree Area View function.
Following are the Passat B8 engine variants:
- 1.4 TSI with 125 PS (92 kW) and 150 PS (110 kW)
- 1.8 TSI with 180 PS (132 kW)
- 2.0 TSI with 220 PS (162 kW) and 280 PS (206 kW)
- 1.6 TDI with 120 PS (88 kW)
- 2.0 TDI with 150 PS (110 kW), 190 PS (140 kW) and 240 PS (176 kW)
- 1.4 TSI plug-in hybrid with 211 PS (155 kW)
Bookings will open up on July 10 and will be priced 25,875 euros for the sedan and 25,950 euros for the wagon in Germany.