The new Volkswagen Passat will make its way to India in the next few months and will gp up against the likes of the Skoda Superb and the Toyota Camry along with cars like the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Expect prices to start around the Rs 20 lakh mark and go all the way post the Rs 30 lakh mark for the larger engined versions.
On the exterior front, the sloping bonnet, angular headlamps and wide grille running from end to end with prominent chrome slats give it a sense of richness. The strong waistline going all the way to the rear looks much better than the slab-sided 7th generation car. The rear in not as attractive as the rest of the car though, almost too simple in comparison to the overall design. The Passat will also come with all-LED headlights in Highline trim. It completely replaces xenon headlamps and comes with projection technology with active cornering lamps. These headlights also come with dynamic light assist that automatically controls the high beam to avoid inconvenience to oncoming vehicles.
Interior design in Volkswagens has always been about straightforward quality and ergonomics dominating outright flair in the past. Knowing this, it’s nice to see new Passat getting its artistic touches. A unique element is a seemingly end-to-end air conditioning vent running across the dashboard. The vents have actually been integrated into this design element that’s sure to stand out. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is the same unit from the new Polo but besides that, the Passat looks its premium best.
February 23, 2017: Volkswagen India has confirmed that the Passat sedan will make a comeback in 2017. The sedan will be offered with a single 2.0-litre diesel engine, paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox. While VW haven't revealed output officially, we reckon it will be on par with the Skoda Superb at 177PS and 350Nm. The Passat is likely to go on sale in the last quarter of 2017, with prices starting around the Rs 25 lakh mark.
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