The new eight generation Passat is due for launch in India and Volkswagen has already started testing the car in India. The all-new Passat are also seen at Volkswagen dealerships and the launch is scheduled to happen sometime in January. The car shares very little with the previous generation model.
The new Passat is marginally smaller than the previous model but as the car is built on MQB platform, Volkswagen says that the interior space has been improved. The car gets new bumpers at front and rear, newly designed hood, new front fenders and more deep lines on the body giving it a sleeker look.
On the inside, the car gets massive changes. Biggest of them is the new generation infotainment system with touch sensitive screen. The infotainment system uses highly responsive capacitive touch screens, the same ones that are found in tablets and smartphones and will have ability to accommodate multi-touch responses. There will be support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.
Safety features are generously added to the Passat. The car gets automatic post-collision braking, which prevents the car from crashing into any other object after initial impact. There is adaptive cruise control, forwards-collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor, rear traffic alert, lane-departure warning and parking steering assist. We are not sure which features will make it to India spec models.
Initially, the new Passat will be launched with only 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine that also powers the Skoda Octavia and the Superb. Dual clutch 7-speed DSG will be a standard equipment with the model. Volkswagen may also launch the 2.0-litre diesel engine. Future plan also includes bringing in the Passat GTE hybrid that will take on the cars like Toyota Camry hybrid and upcoming Honda Accord hybrid in India.