VW officially launched the new Passat in India today. First showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo last year, the car is now on sale across India. New gen Passat entered production at the company plant in Aurangabad a few weeks back. VW claims that the new Passat will set new benchmarks in the segment.
External updates on board the Passat includes new bumpers, prominent grille and options of LED head and tail lamps. The trunk also gets modified as does its front bumper, side skirts and rear diffuser. Sitting on 19” anthracite Salvador aluminium alloy wheels, the new VW Passat receives a sculpted, domed hood.
Interior updates on the 2017 Volkswagen Passat facelift includes a new instrument panel and steering wheel. Superior quality material is seen throughout its interior makeup with piano black accents and chrome trims along with heated rear seats. Infotainment on board includes an MIB II infotainment system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink compatibility.
Promising a host of on-board safety features, new VW Passat will come in with advanced driver assistance system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking system besides blind spot monitor, lane departure warning and rear traffic assist. Rearview cameras will be standard equipment on board all 2017 Volkswagen Passat variants.
VW Passat 2016 Auto Expo
The India-spec Passat is only offered with 2.0 liter diesel engine. This engine is rated at 177 PS and 350 Nm. It is mated to a 6 speed DSG automatic gearbox, sending power to the front wheels. Two variants are on offer. Comfortline and Highline, respectively priced at Rs 29.99 lakh and Rs 32.99 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Anniversary offer is also announced for customers who book in 2017.
New Passat competes with the likes of Skoda Superb, Toyota Camry, etc.