Volkswagen teases upcoming Passat in new design sketches

Volkswagen has released a handful of design sketches of its eight-generation Passat ahead of its debut in July.

Like the current Passat, there will be two separate designs for the North American and European models. The one teased by Volkswagen in these images will be exclusive to Europe and other markets across the globe, and will be available as both a sedan and a wagon.

Volkswagen says the upcoming Passat will be dimensionally smaller on the outside and decidedly sleeker, but will feature better interior packaging to improve headroom and legroom, as well as luggage space. The European Passat will also gain a host of new technologies, including LED lighting, a fully configurable 12.3-inch display and a self-parking assistant with a 360-degree monitor, to name just a few.

Volkswagen says the upcoming Passat will be up to 85 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model

Volkswagen says the upcoming Passat will be up to 85 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model
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Under the skin, the Passat will gain Volkswagen’s latest 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine, rated at 237 horsepower and a rather impressive 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Understandably, 369 lb.-ft. of torque would make for almost debilitating torque steer, which is why Volkswagen says this particular model will channel its kick to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Not only that, Volkswagen will also introduce a plug-in hybrid model, which is expected to travel 50 kilometres in electric-only mode and roughly 965 kilometres in total. Volkswagen promises all next-generation Passats will boast extensive uses of high-strength steel and aluminum throughout its chassis and body, accounting for a weight reduction of up to 85 kilograms.

The eight-generation Passat will debut at the Paris Motor Show, which kicks off on Oct. 4. Sales will begin shortly afterwards and the first European deliveries are expected to start in early 2015.

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