Volkswagen has recently introduced the highly anticipated ninth generation of the Passat, now available for order in select European countries. Boasting a redesigned aerodynamic profile, superior build quality, and cutting-edge high-efficiency propulsion systems, the new Passat is set to commence deliveries in the first quarter of 2024. As one of Volkswagen’s best-selling models, with over 34 million units sold to date, the Passat continues to be a flagship for the brand.
Volkswagen’s Strategic Move: A Dynamic Duo in the Mid-Sized Class
Volkswagen’s strategic move into the mid-sized class features a dynamic duo – the new Passat and the all-new all-electric ID.704. This marks the beginning of two technologically advanced product lines within the high-volume mid-sized segment. The new Passat offers a comprehensive range of drive systems, including petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), mild hybrid (eTSI), and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid). With an electric range of up to 100 km and a DC fast charging function, the optimized eHybrid models cater to drivers seeking electric mobility without compromising long-distance travel.
Impressive Lineup and Performance
At launch, the new Passat will initially offer engines from the successful 110 kW class (150 PS). The lineup includes the Passat “Business” 1.5 eTSI (starting at €44,995) and the entry-level Passat eTSI (starting at €39,995). Both models feature a mild hybrid drive using 48-volt technology, a first for this series. The range also includes a 110 kW (150 PS) 2.0 TDI (starting at €48,495) with extensive standard equipment.
Breaking Boundaries: The Largest Passat Ever
Breaking conventional class boundaries, the new Passat boasts the title of the largest Passat ever, thanks to a 50 mm longer wheelbase and expanded luggage capacity of up to 1,920 liters. Its spacious interior positions the Passat as an ideal choice for both business and leisure.
Next-Generation Interior and Advanced Technology
The interior of the new Passat has undergone a next-generation redesign. Especially, featuring a high-quality, clearly structured display landscape with a standard 32 cm (12.9-inch) display, optionally extendable to 38 cm (15 inches). Further, utilizing the latest-generation modular infotainment matrix (MIB4). The Passat shares its menu structure and graphic design with the all-electric ID. models. The optional new adaptive chassis control (DCC Pro) and the Vehicle Dynamics Manager contribute to enhanced comfort and driving performance.
Configurable Options for Every Driver: Equipment Lines and Standard Features
Configurable in four equipment lines – “Passat,” “Business,” “Elegance,” and “R-Line” – the new Passat offers a high level of standard equipment across all variants. Standard features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Park Distance Control, and more.
Company Car Excellence: The Optional “Business” Specification
Recognizing the Passat’s popularity as a company car in Europe. Volkswagen introduces the optional “Business” specification, featuring chrome trim, silver-anodized roof rails, and additional comfort features.
Top-Tier Customization: “Elegance” and “R-Line” Versions
The top-tier “Elegance” and “R-Line” versions offer further customization, providing a stylish or dynamic appeal, depending on driver preference.
Distinctive Design Elements: Passat R-Line Signature Model
Both top versions feature advanced equipment such as IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, extended seat massage, keyless access, and a 30-color background lighting system. The Volkswagen Passat R-Line Signature model showcases distinctive design elements. Basically, including sports seats, dark ArtVelours finishes, and sustainably tanned “Puglia” leather. Optional 19-inch alloy wheels add a final touch of exclusivity to the top models.