The 2020 Volkswagen Passat has been revealed at the ongoing North American International Motor show, Detroit. The car gets a different face- inspired by the Arteon, and is longer so as to comply with US regulation. Sadly, no new platform is provided.
2020 VW Passat – Exterior & Interior
The Passat gets nominal changes for 2020, most of which is concentrated front. Its grille is larger- like the Arteon and there’s a more prominent bumper. LED headlights and tailights come as standard.
Sides haven’t changed much and come with 17-inch wheels as standard (18″ and 19″ optional). Rear looks a tad bit better too.
Interior shines with better materials, colours and equipment. Newly developed glass-covered infotainment touchscreen is a highlight, and it supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink.
Safety features are high-end and comprehensive- even base variants getting forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring. Convenience-wise, front/rear heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, ‘heated’ mirrors, adaptive headlights (with cornering), power driver’s seat, fender sound system and more are provided.
But No MQB, No AWD and No Hybrid
I wanted the Passat to shift to the MQB platform just for the number of possibilities that would open up. However, as product manager for Passat, Kai Oltmanns says
“The segment is shrinking”
There just isn’t enough demand for high-end sedan and is one of the reasons why manufacturers like VW are focusing more on the SUVs and Crossovers. So instead of spending millions of dollars on a new make-or-break model, they are utilizing a fraction of that to keep the existing customers of the segment (almost) happy.
Mr. Kai further says that the new Passat will “give the customers all they need with the current platform”. Let’s hope that this will indeed be the case.
Engine and Variants
The 2020 VW Passat is powered exclusively by the same 2.0 TSI four-cylinder engine developing 174 hp and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm). The torque has gone up by 23 lb-ft courtesy of a new torque converter and improved software. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
However, if you rather prefer the old engine option- their is a limited ‘Limited’ trim for MY19. This is in addition to four new trims.
Price and Release Date
The new Passat will go on sale this summer. Prices could see a slight increase.
Stay tuned for more updates