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2015 Volkswagen Passat (European-Spec) Teased In New Sketches

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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.

2015 Volkswagen Passat (European-spec) spy shots

2015 Volkswagen Passat (European-spec) spy shots

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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.

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