2015 Passat is based on VW’s versatile MQB platform, shared by Skoda Octavia and new Audi A3, making a big difference compared to current seventh generation model. MQB platform contributes to making new Passat significantly lighter. Together with several weight saving measures, upcoming Passat looses about 85 kg (188 lbs). New Passat is said to be more dynamic with lower body, longer wheelbase and larger wheels.
Powertrain options count to 10, with iterations of direct injection turbo charged petrol and diesel engines. Range of output power varies between 120 PS (88 KW) to 280 PS (206 KW). For first time, Passat will equip plug-in hybrid drive, with system power output of 211 PS (155 KW). Passat Hybrid will hide 115 kW TSI petrol engine, 80 kW electric motor and an externally chargeable battery. All-electric range is 50 km; combined range would be 966 km (600 miles).
Features list included in Euro-spec new VW Passat are LED head lamps and tail lights, Active Info display – fully digital instrument cluster, extendible head-up display, app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, driver assist systems like Front Assist, City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, Traffic Jam Assist, Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer), Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Park Assist and the like.