Volkswagen has released the first photos of the European-spec 2015 Passat ahead of its debut later this year at the Paris Motor Show.
Volkswagen has released the first photos of the European-spec 2015 Passat ahead of its debut later this year at the Paris Motor Show. The eighth-generation 2015 Passat gets a more aggressive exterior with cues borrowed from some of VW’s concepts, like the T-Roc and NMC.
VW is still keeping some of the details under wraps, but we do know that the new Passat will be about 188 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. It’s also 14mm lower and 12mm wider with a 79mm longer wheelbase. Thanks to the weight savings we can expect the new Passat to be more fuel efficient, with some versions being up to 20 percent more efficient.
Several engines will be offered with the 1.4L four-cylinder starting out the range and the familiar 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder powering the more powerful versions. A new 2.0L TDI is also going to be available with 236 horsepower and 368 lb-ft. of torque. The most fuel efficient Passat will be a new plug-in hybrid model that’s powered by a 1.4L TSI four-cylinder and a 100-hp electric motor. The plug-in hybrid will have an electric driving range of 31 miles and a total range of 600 miles.
Sadly the Passat you see here is not a replacement for the U.S.-spec model, which is expected to get a facelift next year.