VW has today released the first snippets of information about its all-new Passat, ahead of a grand unveiling in July. The new model will pack plenty of tech both under the hood and in the cabin and will be seen publicly for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Inside, the new Passat will for the first time come equipped with MirrorLink as an optional extra on some models, included on others. MirrorLink in the Passat will enable the driver to "integrate numerous apps or functions of Android smart phones into the infotainment system." VW will supply a number of first-party apps such as Mobile Office, audioMOTION and Shared Audio, alongside third-party offerings such as Audioteka (for audiobooks) and Glympse.
The new Passat also has you covered with some clever technology for using your phone as, well, a phone. Thinking of the business traveller, the in-car system will allow you to hook up two different mobile phones to send and receive calls from at the same time. Certain models will also have a compartment for you to hook in your phone to the cars own antenna to improve signal on the road.
Elsewhere VW is promising a head-up display, the CarNet mobile navigation tool bringing traffic news and Google Street View into the car with options for weather and parking information, and an impressive sounding 12.3-inch Active Info Display which replaces the instrument cluster.
On the outside VW has confirmed the new Passat will offer a plug-in Hybrid variant that can drive on battery power alone for 31 miles with a claimed total range of 600miles, and a 240PS 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel with a 7-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.
The Passat is an extremely popular model for VW and the latest incarnation sounds quite the machine. We'll be keeping our eyes out for the official unveiling in July. Sales in the UK – and potentially other European markets – will begin before the end of 2014 with the first deliveries being made in early 2015. All sounds pretty good, right? Check out the initial press release below.
Volkswagen has revealed the first technical details of the all-new Passat Saloon and Estate, ahead of the cars' unveiling in July and their public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.
The eighth-generation 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 high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas – the new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than its predecessor, helping it to claim expected fuel-efficiency 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 head-room, as well as increased luggage space.
A highlight of the Passat's new range of engines is a high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel delivering 240 PS and an extraordinary 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm. This engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. A plug-in 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 miles.
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 12.3-inch TFT display; a heads-up display; the latest Modular Infotainment System, including the Car-Net remote app; a further-developed 360-degree 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 world-first Trailer Assist, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.
Other safety technology includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go 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.