Volkswagen is gearing up for the official reveal of its 2015 Passat in early July 2014, and to build excitement the brand has teased an image of the model online. The vehicle is concealed by a drape, but enough of the car’s profile and front fascia can be seen to attract interest.
It is possible to see the slim illuminated LED light cluster at the front, which rests on a revised front end that now merges the grille with the light housing in one straight line. Defined wheel arches are also visible, and they appear to have been moved forwards when compared to the outgoing model. This is most likely due to the new lengthened MQB platform the Passat will be built on, which enables a longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs. This will be the first time a car from the VW Group has used the modified chassis, and it also contributes to a weight saving of 85kg for greater economy and lower emissions.
Powering the eighth-generation saloon is an updated engine line-up, which includes Volkswagen’s stunning new 237bhp 2.0-litre TDI BiTurbo unit. A plug-in hybrid option will also be offered, which combines a 1.4-litre TSI engine and electric motor to give a total of 208bhp and 400Nm of torque.
There’s also a host of new tech to look forward to, including the manufacturer’s latest MIB II infotainment system, a configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and numerous driver assistance systems.
Order books for the Passat open in October, and first deliveries are expected early next year. Stay in contact with your nearest Lookers dealership for the latest information on the car’s release, and to book a test drive when it arrives.