Volkswagen has revealed the first technical details of the all-new Passat sedan and wagon, ahead of the cars’ unveiling in July and their public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.

The eighth-generation European Passat will bring with it a range of new technologies and features, to ensure that even after 41 years and over 23 million sales worldwide, it remains as competitive as ever, said Volkswagen.

It is important to note the Passat offered in the U.S. and the one offered in Europe are different cars.

VW added through the use of advanced materials, including high-strength, hot-formed steel and aluminum in certain areas, the new Passat is up to 85 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, helping it to claim expected fuel-efficiency improvements of up to 20 percent.


Despite exterior dimensions that are actually marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved, with more leg- and headroom, as well as increased luggage space, explained VW.

A highlight of the Passat’s new range of engines, said VW, is a high-performance, four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, bi-turbo diesel.  This engine will be available exclusively with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid model will also be offered, with potential to travel 31 miles on battery power alone, and with a potential maximum range of around 600 miles.

Other new technology to be offered on the new Passat includes the Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display; a heads-up display; the latest Modular Infotainment System, including the Car-Net remote app; a further-developed 360-degree Area View function; and the latest generation of Park Assist.

VW stated this newly developed Park Assist includes the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces – useful, for example at supermarket car parks, where access to the trunk is important. It also includes a world-first Trailer Assist, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached – without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.

Other safety technology VW mentioned for this Passat includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection.

VW stated all new Passats will feature LED tail lights, while headlights will be halogen or LED.  In conjunction with Dynamic Light Assist, one of the two LED headlight options automatically adjusts the beam for maximum illumination of the road without dazzling other traffic.

Further details and first pictures of the Passat are expected to be available in early July, ahead of the car’s public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in October.