Volkswagen has released a new teaser image of the new 2015 Passat. Hidden under a cloak with its daytime running lights peeping through, the new Passat appears to be more chiselled and muscular, especially with the pumped up front guards.
It will be the 2nd model in Volkswagen’s line up to be built on the brand’s flexible MQB platform after the highly popular Golf. The new Passat is up to 85kg lighter than its predecessor, thanks to aluminium and high-strength steel construction.
Despite the extensive weight lost, Volkswagen claims the Passat’s body rigidity has increased by 2000Nm/degree to 30,000Nm/degree.
A range of familiar Volkswagen Group engines will go under the bonnet of the new car, ranging from 88kW to 206kW of power. An all-new 176kW/500Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel capable of returning a claimed economy of just over 5.0L/100km will also be introduced.
Inside, the cabin is set to get a major overhaul, with a massive 12.3-inch TFT screen as standard. Its 1440 x 540 pixels can work in either 2D or 3D layouts. An interactive instrument cluster on higher specification models – dubbed Active Info Display – allows the speedo and tacho to move aside, allowing a bigger navigational instruction when needed.
The 2015 Volkswagen Passat is set to be introduced next month.