German car maker Volkswagen has just unwrapped the 2015 Passat luxury sedan at Berlin and the all-new car will hit Indian roads next year. In its eighth generation, the 2015 B8 Volkswagen Passat has been around for a little over 4 decades, what with the car first introduced in 1973. Ever since, 1.1 million units of the Passat, in multiple body styles, have graced roads around the world and the latest B8 version seeks to build upon the car’s best selling traits.
In terms of design, the 2015 B8 Passat looks sharper than ever before, with a completely new design that emphasizes a cab backward design for a more sporty demeanor. The Passat gets a new front end, with an interplay of curves and edges to make for a more aggressive face. The LED headlamps, grille and bumper are all new items. Using the cab backward design has allowed Volkswagen to persist with a long hood up front.
The Passat looks more dynamic with the wheels being pushed out to the ends of the car. Short overhangs and an 79 mm increase in wheelbase to 2,791 mm result, despite the car’s length getting shorter by 2 mm to now measure at 4,767 mm. Also, the new Passat is wider than the outgoing model by 14 mm and sits 12 mm lower. Hopping on to the MQB platform has also allowed Volkswagen’s engineers to lighten the Passat by about 85 kilograms.
The 2015 Passat comes with a boat load of features, many of them representing firsts for Volkswagen cars. The heads up display, which projects car information onto the windscreen is one such feature. LED Adaptive Headlamps, LED tail lamps, a lean dashboard design with the vents running across the entirety of the dashboard are a few of the interesting new features on the 2015 Passat.
Trailer Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, City Emergency Braking and Park Assist are a slew of assistance features that the 2015 Passat now offers. Despite being more compact than the outgoing model, the additional wheelbase and short overhangs have allowed Volkswagen designers to liberate more space for the occupants and luggage alike. The saloon variant of the car comes with larger boot.
In terms of engines and gearboxes, the 2015 Passat will feature an all-turbo TSI petrol and TDI diesel motors. Volkswagen will also offer a petrol hybrid combination. Both line ups of engines are designed to work with the MQB platform, and come with fuel sipping features such as brake energy regeneration and idle stop systems. The petrol motors come with capacities between 1.4 liters and 2 liters, with power outputs ranging from 118 Bhp to 276 Bhp.
The diesel engines feature two capacities, 1.6 liters and 2 liters, in four cylinder layouts. Power outputs of the diesel engines range from 118 Bhp to 236 Bhp. Transmission options will include 6 speed manual, and 6 and 7 speed dual clutch automatic options. Predominantly a front wheel driven car, certain markets of the world will get an all wheel drive option, in keeping with weather needs.
Volkswagen has plans of bringing the B8 Passat to India next year. The car will arrive through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route. Expect pricing to start from well under 25 lakh rupees. However, the 2015 Passat is expected to be more expensive than the outgoing model considering the long list of additional features. In India, the B8 Passat will take on the likes of the Skoda Superb, Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Camry.