February 03, 2016: Volkswagen showcases Passat GTE at the ongoing biennial IAE 2016. The environment-friendly plug-in hybrid version packs a 154bhp-1.4L TSI petrol engine that delivers 215bhp of power when combined with an electric motor and claims a driving range of 1000 kms. However, the car can run for appx. 50kms on electric drive alone. The sedan has a 2nd-generation in car infotainment unit featuring a touch screen, USB and Bluetooth. Moreover, the Driver Assistance System also becomes convenient. Passat was first unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and will lock horns with the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and BMW 3-series in India.
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Last year at the Paris Motor show, VW unveiled the eighth generation version of VW Passat for the auto enthusiasts. Until recently, it was unclear that whether this latest version would come to the Indian shores. Now, the car maker has expressed its intension of bringing this beautiful sedan to the country to cash-in the growing market for luxury cars. This refurbished version looks sleeker and wider than its predecessor and at the same time, it carries forward the company's design language to the next level. As we can see through its images, the front facade gets major modifications and flaunts its aerodynamic stance. Its radiator grille has been widened and is designed with horizontal and vertical slats for a classy appeal. Another noticeable factor is that the chrome strip on top is extended to the edges of its headlight cluster, which renders it a commanding appeal. Its interiors too gets considerable amount of changes, especially in the form of a new dashboard. It houses beautifully sculptured AC vents, which blends into the layered structure of the dashboard. The instrument cluster, steering wheel, center fascia and floor console have all being updated, which gives a superior look to the cabin. The analogue clock, which is placed above the infotainment screen compliments its brand new look. The seating arrangement looks fabulous as usual and it should offer luxurious feel to the occupants.
As for the technical specifications, it is most likely that the vehicle will come with a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine as standard. A choice of manual and automatic transmission gearbox is also expected to be available, which should be revealed at its launch. There is no information about the petrol version, but the manufacturer may offer a powerful 1.4-litre TSI mill, which is capable of unleashing 125bhp of peak power. Another interesting fact is that it is going to be introduced on the Volkswagen's latest MQB platform. This will help to reduce its total weight by 85 Kgs, which will eventually improve its overall performance. Since it comes in the premium sedan segment, we can expect a bunch of advanced features as well. Some of those are expected to be an automatic climate control unit, adaptive cruise control, electrically adjustable seats and a superior infotainment system, which certainly redefines its level of luxury. On the safety front, we can expect six to seven airbags, pedestrian protection technology, several traction control programs and numerous sensors that enhances the protection of its passengers and occupants.
The external appearance of this newest version looks absolutely stunning and surprisingly better than its predecessor. Its front facade is looking sleeker and wider, thanks to its refined cosmetics. The headlight cluster has been completely restructured and is equipped with projector lamps along with LED DRLs. The radiator grille too has been modified and treated with a lot of chrome for a classy appeal. The upper section of this grille and the headlamps are wrapped with a thick chrome plated strip, which is the primary reason for its refreshing look. The front bumper is also designed in a manner that compliments its slick appeal. The side facet looks mostly identical to its predecessor, but looks like the fenders are pronounced to make way for bigger rims. It is also spotted on roads with body colored ORVMs and door handles, which is common in cars of such stature. The B pillars are in glossy black, while the window surrounds have a chrome plating. The rear section of this classy sedan has a majestic look, thanks to the stylish taill light cluster that has precisely sculptured lighting scheme. The tailgate has a smooth finish, but the company's logo in the center of it adds to its premium appeal. The rear bumper will now house the license plate console that refines this entire facet. Overall, this latest version of Passat does look like the one, which can grab the attention of all automobile enthusiasts.
As of now, it is hard to estimate about the exact exterior measurements of this India-bound Passat as it is yet to be launched. However, one can speculate that its overall length to be around 4.5 meters, width to be about 1.9 meters and the overall height to be about 1.4 meters. Its ground clearance may not exceed 150mm, while the overall wheelbase should be more than 2700mm.
The interior section of this new generation sedan looks better than other luxury vehicles in its segment. It seems like the manufacturer has given a lot of importance to the design and comfort. First we should talk about the cockpit section, as it is the one to receive major upgrades. Its dashboard has been completely modified with repositioned central console and air vents. The instrument panel gets bigger in size and is designed with two analogue meters along with a TFT display. The steering wheel seems to have a flat bottomed design with three spokes and is accompanied with audio, call and cruise control switches. According to some of auto portals, its dashboard gets glossy veneer along with metallic accents. Also, there is an infotainment system fitted to the central console along with all other control switches required to operate this system. Coming to the seating, it is well designed and furnished to provide accommodation for at least five occupants.
This soon to be launched sedan is sure to come with a great set of features on-board, which keeps the occupants pleasant and makes the journey luxurious. Considering the features of its previous version and growing competition, we can speculate that some features should make it to the final list. Those include automatic climate control unit, an advanced parking assistance function with sensors and rear camera, power assisted steering with multi-functional switches and electrically adjustable seats. Apart from these, we can also expect for power adjustable and foldable outside mirrors with heating function, electrically operated windows, cruise control, rear demister, automatic headlamps, rain sensing wipers and various other such innovative features.
As we can see through the images, its interior section looks extremely spacious, which will never allow occupants to experience any kind of discomfort. This is a five seater sedan, which also has a huge boot compartment, whose capacity can be increased by folding the rear bench seat.
This vehicle is yet to arrive in India and only then we can disclose about its acceleration and pickup figures. However, considering its engine size, power and vehicle's stature, we can surely expect it to reach a top speed of about 180 to 190 Kmph. In the meantime, it could break the barrier of 100 Kmph in approximately 8 to 10 seconds.
It is speculated to come with a 2.0-litre TDI diesel mill under the hood. It is a 4-cylindered mill with a turbocharger incorporated in it for enhanced power and performance. According to the reports, it is said to be producing a power of 187bhp along with a torque of 380Nm to 400Nm. On the other hand, some auto experts also believe that the 1.4-litre TSI engine may also be offered to the buyers. It is also a 4-cylindered mill, which is expected to unleash 125bhp of power along with 240Nm of torque. Both these engines should be offered with a choice of manual and seven speed DSG automatic gearbox option.
As per the information available, this new generation Passat is going to get a 2.0-litre TDI oil burner under the hood. Considering its performance and efficiency, we can expect it to give away a mileage of around 16 to 18 Kmpl. The 1.4-litre TSI motor is also on the cards, which could give a mileage of approximately 15 Kmpl.
Its 2.0-litre turbocharged motor is a 4-cylindered one based on a double overhead camshaft valve configuration. It is said to be producing a power of 187bhp along with a torque in the range of 380 to 400Nm. Whereas the petrol mill churns out a power of 125bhp in combination with a torque of 240Nm.
By looking at the images, we can see that the central console houses a large infotainment system. We expect it to support navigation along with video and audio files for added convenience. Furthermore, we can also speculate for high end surround sound system for theater quality output. Additionally, it should get a CD player along with other connectivity features like AUX-In, USB and Bluetooth that completes the entertainment section. Wheels: It should either get 16 inch or 17 inch alloy wheels as a standard feature. However, looking at the images, we can also say that there are chances that company might offer it with 18-inch alloy wheels as option. They will be covered with superior quality tubeless radial tyres for optimum grip on roads.
Considering its segment, one can easily speculate that the vehicle will be offered with a disc braking mechanism, which is highly reliable. Other than this, it should also get a speed sensitive power assisted steering system, which offers precise response, especially in peak traffic conditions.
This next generation version is expected to come with a lot of protective features to keep the occupants safe while traveling. Some of those features include the ABS with EBD, traction control system, adaptive cruise control with braking function, seven to eight airbags and three point seatbelts. Additionally, active head restraints, parking assistance, seatbelt reminder, immobilizer, security alarm system and other such aspects are also expected to make it to the final list.
The tyre size for a Passat is 215/44 R16 and the wheel rim size is 7J x 16. The wide tyres have the impeccable German design and quality that supports performance. The tyres are big in size which prevents the car from skidding and also keeps the car rooted and grounded. Along with large sized tyres, the suspension system used in the car is Independent, McPherson struts in front and Independent, multi-link, stabiliser bar at the rear. The suspension is tuned well to suit the Indian roads. The suspension system along with large tyres helps soak up the pot holes and give a comfortable drive to those riding in the car.
1. External appearance seems to be stunning.
2. We can expect for a lot of features.
3. Safety levels are expected to be reinforced.
1. Fuel economy may not be as good as expected.
2. Price range could be on higher side.
3. Maintenance and running cost will be higher.
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