Along with the forthcoming new Ford Mondeo, the new Volkswagen Passat will be one of the most important new cars launched this year and last week — at the impressive Volkswagen Design Centre in Potsdam — the new car got its world premiere.
Volkswagen says the new car, which it promises will ‘melt away class boundaries,’ will be launched with new engines, less weight and the latest assistance, Infotainment and convenience systems.
According to Volkswagen Ireland operations director Paul Burke, “This new Passat really is a game changer and we expect it to be hugely popular for us in 2015,” he said.
And the head of Volkswagen, Prof. Dr Martin Winterkorn, reckons the new Passat heralds in a new era for the car in terms of design and proportions, engines and drive systems, Infotainment and assistance systems or for safety, convenience and driving pleasure.
“For me this Passat is a premium class car without premium costs. This fits perfectly to Europe’s most successful business car — lining up with 20% better fuel economy, up to 85 kilograms less weight and a range of efficient petrol and diesel engines — there is even a plug-in hybrid available,” Winterkorn stated.
The Passat is one of the most successful mid-size cars in the world with 1.1m units sold every year (2013).
It will once more be offered in saloon and estate versions with many a multitude of innovations. Thanks to cutting-edge design methods its proportions were made significantly more dynamic (including lower body, longer wheelbase and larger wheels).
At the same time, the latest technologies have been applied and these include Active Info display (a fully digital instrument cluster), extendible head-up display as well as systems such as an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and three more world firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist.
The new Passat will be available with 10 direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines covering a power range from 88 kW/120 bhp to 206 kW/280 bhp. The engines all meet Euro 6 emission standards and both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been lowered by up to 20%.
All versions are equipped with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode and for the first time, Passat will also be offered with a plug-in hybrid drive (115 kW TSI petrol engine plus 80 kW electric motor and externally chargeable battery). With a system power output of 155 kW/211 bhp it will be Volkswagen’s most powerful plug-in hybrid and a zero emission vehicle with an all-electric range of 50 km.
The first cars will reach the Irish market in January 2015 with orders being taken from the end of 2014.
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