Car Review: 2015 Volkswagen Passat

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The 2015 VW Passat is scheduled to debut at the Paris Motor this autumn. Prior to it, Volkswagen has published a full set of details about new Passat. Sharper looking eight-generation model promises enhanced performance and family-friendliness. There is also the prospect of a plug-in hybrid and new 500Nm twin-turbodiesel.

As anticipated, the 2015 VW Passat has a more dynamic-looking design with styling cues such as a three-slat radiator grille and angular headlights from recent Volkswagen concepts. The middle section of the vehicle remains unchanged.

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The eight-gen Passat is constructed on the new MQB platform. It`s up to 187 pounds lighter than the current model thanks to the use of lightweight materials such as high-strength steel and aluminum. Although it is lightly smaller than the current model, smart packaging and a longer wheelbase allow it to offer a roomier driver seat and a larger trunk.

Just like its predecessor, the new model will be offered in five versions: hatchback, sedan, coupe, convertible, wagon and Alltrack. As for the exterior style of the new Passat, the biggest refreshments are anticipated at the front part. The taillights will probably be equipped with LED lamps. The interior of this new-generation four-wheeler will be roomier and more comfortable. Also, the dashboard will be supplied with a large touch screen instead of many misleading buttons.

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As of engine choice of the 2015 VW Passat, there will be five different powertrains placed under its hood. The base will be a 1.4L TSI that producew from 125 hp to 150 hp. Moreover, there will be a 1.6L TDI generating 116 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque and a 1.8L TSI being capable to develop 180 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. There are some rumors of releasing a hybrid variant as well.

The European-spec Passat will go on sale across Germany later this month but deliveries are scheduled to kick off next fall. In Germany, the Passat sedan starts at €25,875 (about $35,205), while the station wagon model begins at €25,950 (approximately $35,307).

The Passat will reach North American shores only in 2016.

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