Not to be mistaken with the larger and somewhat less premium Passat sold in the U.S., this latest version of the European-spec Passat is due to be revealed later this year or early next. Sales will start sometime in 2015.
The car appears to be slightly larger than the one it replaces, and clearly the design has a more fluid look to it.
One key advantage of the MQB platform is a uniform mounting position for all available engines, which allows VW to offer more engine and gearbox combinations. Expect to see VW’s latest EA211 and EA888 gasoline engines family offered, as well as several EA288 diesels. A plug-in hybrid version is expected as well.
Stay tuned as development of the next-generation European-spec Passat continues. The Passat sold in the U.S. should adopt similar styling themes when it receives a mid-cycle update, currently expected for the 2016 model year.