Volkswagen is set to introduce this fall a new generation of the Passat that the rest of the world enjoys, and we now have official teaser sketches of the car. We’ve already
spied a number of prototypes
for the new Passat sedan (a wagon is also planned) and seen a leaked photo of the car
designed for the Chinese market.
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.
Underpinning the new Passat will be VW’s flexible MQB platform, whose uniform mounting position for all available engines will enable a greater variety of engine and gearbox combinations. We’re also expecting a plug-in option combining a 1.4-liter TFSI with an electric drive system. Transmissions will include manual and dual-clutch automatic units.
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._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.