The MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten, loosely translates into English as "Modular Transverse Matrix") platform is expected to underpin most VW/Skoda/Audi products of the future. It is a very flexible platform which can be easily shortened or stretched depending on the requirement. Thus, everything - right from the Polo to the Passat will be based on the MQB platform. VW has already showcased the smaller version of the platform that will support the 7th generation Golf expected in 2013.
Our good friends at CarAdvice have spotted the MQB platform based Passat during its winter testing. Although the test mule looks much like the normal Passat, remember this test mule is only for platform testing. The test mule is a mix-&-match of components from the old Passat and the new ones.
The 7th generation Passat launched in India last year hosting Bluemotion technologies is a reskinned version of its predecessor. Volkswagen did not make serious mechanical changes to the car and it was down to the marketing team to devise a new formula, which they did very well.
Immediately, one can notice that the new Passat will sit on wider track. This might result in the interior space receiving a major boost. Despite of an increase in size, the new Passat is expect to shed 75kg from its overall weight. A number of turbocharged petrols and diesels along with a plug-in hybrid will be on offer.
Styling wise, VW is expected to adopt a more three dimensional grille with bolder lines along with LED daytime running lights and a revised front end. According to industry speculations, it might be unveiled in 2013 with sales starting in 2014.