Snapshot: Volkswagen India has temporarily stopped building the Passat luxury saloon. CKD assembly of this car in India, is likely to restart this month. The 2014 version of the Passat sold in India is likely to feature a few changes in terms of interiors. These changes could be inspired by the new trims that the UK-Spec 2014 Passat has received.
Last month, we brought you an exclusive about the 2014 Volkswagen Passat receiving mild updates. Here’s the continuum to that story. The updated India-spec version of the Volkswagen Passat is likely to share features from the newly released trims of the UK-Spec Passat luxury saloon.
The Highline, Sport and R-Line trims of the UK-spec Passat have been replaced by Executive and Executive Style variants. The new variants endow the 2014 Passat with mild exterior and interior facelifts. The car’s outside gets new chrome detailing and 17 inch alloy wheels.
The interior upgrade and feature additions on the Executive variant of the UK-spec 2014 Passat are as follows:
- Vienna leather clad heated front seats
- Electrically adjustable driver’s seat
- RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation system
- Dual Zone climate control
- Automatic head lamps and wipers
- Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
- Cruise control
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Sports suspension that lowers ride height by 15 mm
- 18-inch Kansas alloy wheels
- Bi-xenon headlamps
- Front fog lamps
- Tinted rear windscreen
Considering the fact that most changes on the 2014 UK-spec Passat were already available on the India-spec version, the only changes that the Indian version is likely to sport are: auto dimming IRVM, Touchscreen-based Satellite Navigation and detailing changes on the interiors and exteriors.
However, the 17 inch alloy wheels aren’t likely for India considering the road conditions here. A taller alloy wheel would mean a lower profile tyre, and this could impact ride comfort over rougher roads. Expect the mildly facelifted Passat to follow the facelifted Skoda Superb.
Mechanically, the facelifted Volkswagen Passat will be unchanged. The 2 liter TDI turbo diesel engine (170 Bhp-350 Nm) will be standard fare, along with 6 speed manual and DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox options. The car will retain BlueMotion features such as the start-stop system, brake energy regeneration and low resistance tyres.