The all new 2018 VW Passat has been launched in India for a price starting from Rs. 29.99 lakhs. The car is available in 2 variants and is very different from the model that left our shores four years ago.
The response to premium sedan space in India has been very positive and there’s much more demand now. Volkswagen will be hoping to capitalize on this with a very capable product. This is the brand’s second major launch this year, first one being the Tiguan.
|Starting price in India||Rs. 29.99 lakhs|
|Launch date||October 2017|
|Engine||177 PS, 2.0 Diesel|
2018 VW Passat India design – Interior & exterior
The new Passat looks stunning and is sharper than before. The car is shorter than its predecessor but its wheelbase has gone up by 79mm, which means more space inside the cabin. It is also wider and lower, and has a boot capacity of 586 liters.
The eight-generation Passat gets wide 3-slat grille, sleek LED headlamps, LED DRLs and dynamic light assist feature. Sides are long and crisp, while its rear has LED taillights that change graphics from horizontal to vertical when brakes are applied. It is based on the MQB platform which also underpins cars like the VW Tiguan, Skoda Kodiaq and Skoda Superb.
Interior is beautiful and clutter-free. It gets a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, new infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, as well as features like Park Assist and Head Up Display (HUD). Obviously the safety features have vastly improved as well.
2018 VW Passat India engine and transmission
The new Passat draws 2-litre TDI four-cylinder diesel engine producing 177 PS @ 3,600-4,000 rpm and 350 Nm @ 1,500-3,500 rpm. It is mated to 6-speed DSG Automatic, returning mileage of 17.42 km/l. There aren’t any other engine or transmission options, however, a hybrid version expected later on.
2018 VW Passat India price and variants
The new Passat is available in two vagrants- Comfortline and Highline. The former is priced starting from Rs. 29.99 lakhs. The top-spec Highline trim costs Rs. 32.99 lakhs (all price ex-showroom, Delhi).