VW gets sketchy with next Euro Passat

Filed under: Hybrid, Sedan, Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen, Diesel

Volkswagen Passat

The schism that separates the European-market Volkswagen Passat and its American-built cousin is evidently only set to widen, as renderings have officially been released showing off the next-generation Euro-market Passat sedan, and it looks quite different than our larger, less costly family sedan. That’s especially true up front, where it wears an aggressive scowl thanks to a chrome strip that forms a brow over the piercing headlamps and grille.

The new European model will make its world debut in July ahead of its auto show debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, and we’ve already got a trio of sketches that give us a rough idea of the new four-door’s design, as well as some images of the structure underpinning the Euro Passat. You can take a look at those up top. The big news, though, relates to the other info Volkswagen has released.

For a start, VW’s vaunted German engineers have managed to trim 187 pounds of body fat form the next-gen model, thanks to the additional use of high-strength steel. Designers have also managed to provide a larger interior in a smaller footprint, although there isn’t an explanation of how much smaller the new car actually is.

We do know about a pair of powertrains for our friends in Europe, including a new plug-in hybrid that should net 31 miles of range on battery power alone. It will be joined by VW’s new 2.0-liter TDI engine, which will be paired exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive. 237 horsepower will be on offer with the diesel powerplant, and European buyers will have 369 pound-feet of torque available from just 1,750 rpm.

Optional goodies will include LED headlights (LED taillights are standard), a 12.3-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster, blind-spot monitoring, front assist with city emergency braking and a dynamic light assist system.

Expect more on the new Passat as its July debut approaches. Scroll up for the official sketches and photos, and scroll down for the official press release from Volkswagen.

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