Report – Volkswagen releases first sketches of the India-bound 2015 VW Passat
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VW India earlier this year said they were keen to launch the next generation VW Passat in India at an appropriate time.
Today, Volkswagen released the first sketches of the all-new executive sedan, that is said to be launched in the coming months. Riding on the VW MQB Platform, the redesigned Passat sports a stylish front fascia, a prominent grille and angry looking headlamps.
The car’s side profile is designed in a coupe-like fashion, and we can also observe accentuated wheel arches and dual exhaust in the drawings.
VW did not provide the interior look, but German media report it having a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a new infotainment system.
The 2015 Passat will come with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine that generates 240 PS and 500 Nm, paired to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and an all-wheel drive system. The fuel efficiency is tipped to be around the 20 kpl mark in the European driving cycle.
A plug-in hybrid variant is planned for next year that uses a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine and a 102 PS ouput electric motor. With a combined power output of 204 PS, the car gets a range of 50 km on pure electricity.
The Passat will launch with a range of other engines, whose outputs range between 120-280 PS.