Earlier today, Volkswagen Group officially presented the updated Passat range. Apart from sporting new exterior features, the vehicle has undergone significant interior and technical changes - including new engines, integrated high-tech infotainment system and various upholstery options.
At first glance, most notable is the revised front fascia of the car - including new front grille and bumpers design, new LED headlamps and tail-lights, more prominent rear end with a special "Passat" badge, placed on the trunk.
Inside Passat's cabin, it's the dashboard that has undergone a significant makeover - the old one is replaced with a modern, digital version that enables the driver to control the vehicle with a single move. Brand-new infotainment system is integrated - allowing driver and passengers to enjoy their ride as much as possible, while staying connected all the time.
Apart from the comfort, Volkswagen's new family addition offers its passengers more space - both for seating and for storing small luggage (thanks to the multiple compartment boxes, carefully placed all over the cabin). A nice tweak is the option for keyless entry, which can sometimes be of a great help.
However, probably the most interesting new feature of new Passat is the semi-autonomous driving capability (not available in all trim levels) allowing the car to reach up to 210 km/h without the driver's assistance. New, adaptive dampers (borrowed from Volkswagen Arteon) help the vehicle overcome road imperfections without a problem.
Under the bonnet, Passat 2019 offers a wide range of engines to choose from. The old 1.4-litres TSI (150 hp) is now replaced by a new - 1.5 TSI (150 hp). Two other engines - a 2.0-litres (190 hp) and a 2.0-litres (272 hp) - are also among the options.
For those who prefer diesel, Volkswagen can offer 1.6-litres with 120 hp, 2.0-litres (150 hp) and a 2.0-litres with 240 hp variants.
To prove that despite the ongoing emission scandals Volkswagen cares about nature, Passat's 2019 model has a hybrid version - GTE. The 1.4-litres TSI petrol engine under the GTE's bonnet is supported by an electric motor (115 hp).
The new 2019 Passat will make an official European début during this year's 89th Geneva International Motor Show. It is expected to enter the car market sometime in May 2019.
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Author: Di Ilieva