2015 Volkswagen Passat to feature 2.0l diesel 240 PS unit
To be officially unveiled in July, the new 2015 Volkswagen Passat will make its public debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in September. Sales are expected to commence thereafter, and deliveries to begin by early 2015. But prior to all this, the first official details as far as engine options on offer the new Passat is concerned, are now revealed.
2015 VW Passat will be the 8th generation of the iconic car. It will also feature changes to the material used. Overall, the new Passat is stronger and lighter than the outgoing variant, thanks to use of aluminium and high-strength steel. To be precise, new Passat is 20% more efficient and 85 kg lighter than its previous counterpart.
Speaking about dimensions, VW says that 2015 Passat is slightly smaller in size as compared to older Passat. But, even then it offers more space, more legroom and more head-room. Even the luggage space has been increased in the new Passat.
Features on-board the new Passat will include Active info display with 12.3 inch TFT display, heads-up display, latest modular infotainment system, Car-Net remote app, 360 degree area view, park assist with the option to auto-park the car, and world-first trailer assist.
2015 Passat will also feature all standard safety features like ABS, Airbags, EBD, hill hold etc. Apart from this, you will also get rear traffic alert, emergency assist, traffic jam assist, side assist, front assist, city emergency braking, LED tail lights, headlights (LED or halogen), and dynamic light assist.
VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS FIRST TECHNICAL DETAILS OF ALL-NEW PASSAT
Volkswagen has revealed the first technical details of the all-new Passat Saloon and Estate, ahead of the cars’ unveiling in July and their public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.
The eighth-generation Passat will bring with it a range of new technologies and features, to ensure that even after 41 years and over 23 million sales worldwide, it remains as competitive as ever.
Thanks to the use of advanced materials – including high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas – the new Passat is up to 85 kg lighter than its predecessor, helping it to claim expected fuel-efficiency improvements of up to 20 per cent.
Despite exterior dimensions that are actually marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved, with more leg- and head-room, as well as increased luggage space.
A highlight of the Passat’s new range of engines is a high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, bi-turbo diesel delivering 240 PS and an extraordinary 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm. This engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid model will also be offered, with potential to travel 31 miles on battery power alone, and with a potential maximum range of around 600 miles.
Other new technology to be offered on the new Passat includes the Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display; a heads-up display; the latest Modular Infotainment System, including the Car-Net remote app; a further-developed 360-degree Area View function; and the latest generation of Park Assist. This newly developed Park Assist includes the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces – useful, for example at supermarket car parks, where access to the boot is important. It also includes a world-first Trailer Assist, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.
Other safety technology includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection.
All new Passats will feature LED tail lights, while headlights will be halogen or LED. In conjunction with Dynamic Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum illumination of the road without dazzling other traffic.
Further details and first pictures of the Passat will be available in early July, ahead of the car’s public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October. UK sales will start before the end of the year, with first deliveries expected in early 2015.
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