The new Passat, the B8, is scheduled for a world debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. Although highly stylized, the car in these sketches has a modern look that incorporates a number of VW’s latest design themes.
Key elements include a low visual center of gravity, muscular shoulders, short overhangs, and a multi-slatted grille whose edges continue into the headlights. It’s an impressive design that we hope isn’t watered down too much for production.
2015 Volkswagen Passat (European-spec) spy shotsEnlarge Photo
Inside, there will be a number of new tech features including a head-up display, advanced connectivity systems, and even VW Group’s latest 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster already found on vehicles like the Lamborghini Huracán and next-generation, 2016 Audi TT.
As for a new version of the Passat sold in the U.S., it’s still a couple of years away. In the meantime, the current model, introduced for the 2012 model year, will receive a significant update for 2016 to help fend off rivals. In addition to revised styling, the car will also benefit from new tech features such as electronic driver assistance systems.