The new Volkswagen Passat has received a makeover for the 2020 MY (model year) in the US and European countries last year. Passat facelift has now been spied on test in India by automotive enthusiast Prem Kumar.
2020 VW Passat was noted with some exterior updated and interior revisions. On its exterior a new front bumper, grille with horizontal chrome slats have been seen on the model on test and VW has added the IQ Light LED Matrix headlamps. In the front passenger seat and rear seats faux weights have been placed for testing purposes.
The upcoming Passat also receives tail lamp clusters in a new design and a redesigned Passat logo running across the width of the boot. The new Passat sits on 17” aluminum alloy wheels as standard and with 18” and 19” wheels offered as optional in many countries.
Its interiors will also see some of the latest in technologies. The MIB3 based infotainment system gets an integrated online connectivity unit with an eSIM as standard, a new Digital Cockpit and capacitive steering wheel which will detect touch by the driver.
This feature is the first for any VW model across the globe. A feature that was also not seen on the outgoing Passat will see the use of certain Samsung phones which can be used as a mobile key to open and start up the new Passat.
Onboard safety equipment will include several driver assistance and safety features among which will be forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring system, rear traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.
Where engine specifications are concerned, current Passat is powered by a BS4 compliant 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder diesel engine offering 174 bhp power at 3,600-4,000 rpm and 350 Nm torque at 1,500-3,500 rpm mated to a 6 speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
The 2020 VW Passat in India will get a 2.0 liter TSI, petrol turbocharged, 4 cylinder unit that makes 190 PS power at 4,200-6,000 rpm and 320 Nm torque at 1,500-4,100 rpm. The engine will be mated to a 7 speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission as standard. Power and torque figures have been changed due to country specific tuning. The new petrol engine will now comply with BS6 emission standards which come into effect from 1st April 2020.
In the US, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is available in four trim levels S, SE, R-Line and SEL with prices starting at $22,995 (Rs. 16,32,438). Its price in India could range between Rs.25-30 lakhs, with sales to commence sometime in Q2 2020.