Volkswagen Connect App: Tested
- May 15, 2019
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Mere days after launching the Volkswagen Connect telematics solutions on the Polo, Ameo and Vento, the company today announced the prices of the Passat variants with the same feature. Called the Passat Connect, these are available in both the Comfortline and Highline trims, with prices (ex-showroom pan-India) as follows:
Volkswagen Passat Connect Comfortline - Rs 25.99 lakh
Volkswagen Passat Connect Highline - Rs 28.99 lakh
The Passat is now priced Rs 4 lakh cheaper than what it was at launch last year.
The Volkswagen Connect system relies on a custom OBD-II reader and a proprietary app. The plug-and-play system allows drivers/owners to get closer to their car, getting almost instant feedback on their driving style for better economy. Other features like trip information, fuel cost monitoring, SOS calling, automatic service appointment setting etc. should make owning the Passat more convenient.
Apart from the new Connect feature, the Passat remains unchanged. It is powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel motor developing 177PS of maximum power and 350Nm of peak torque paired to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission with power sent to the front wheels. ARAI-certified mileage of the Volkswagen Passat is 17.42kmpl.
Volkswagen had the following to say about the Passat Connect:
Starting at INR 25.99 lakh, Volkswagen launches first-in-segment Passat Connect, an advanced telematics solution for customers
The Passat is known worldwide for its power, efficiency and uncompromising performance along with a fun-to-drive experience. The all-new Passat hosts several premium luxury features including 9 Airbags, Hill Start Assist, Auto Hold, Reverse camera with 360-degree area view, Park assist, App connect, ‘NAPPA’ leather seats, Dynamic chassis control, 3 zone Auto AC, Electric adjustable front seat, Full LED Headlamps with DRLs and LED tail-lamps and easy open boot among others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said,“The Volkswagen Passat is made for perfectionists filled with path-breaking technologies to make life easier. With the all-new Passat Connect, Volkswagen aims to further transform and enhance the customer driving experience. The Volkswagen Connect will empower our customers to manage a host of services such as driving behaviour analysis, trip tracking, fuel cost monitoring, and other convenient features available on their fingertips.”
With the on-going festive season, customers can now avail these offers starting today across all 121 Volkswagen dealerships in 104 cities in India.
Volkswagen Connect is an intelligent, connected vehicle assistant that offers a seamless connected car experience to Indian drivers. The interactive ‘Connect’ app enables users to connect their car to their smartphone through a “Plug and Play” data dongle fitted to the onboard diagnostics (OBD) port of the car. Once installed and connected with a smartphone via Bluetooth, customers can experience advanced connected features such as trip tracking, fuel cost monitoring, driving behaviour and much more.
The Connect® app is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms and is available to download at the Google Play and App Store respectively.
The key highlights of the Connect App are:
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