Volkswagen America is ending Passat production at Chattanooga facility with a limited edition model as a homage to the city of Chattanooga, TN. The company said that the decision is part of the plant’s transformation to build future electric vehicles. This special edition with Chattanooga-inspired details will be limited to 1,973 units to commemorate the year the first Passat was launched in Germany.
The Passat limited edition will be available in four unique color combinations, with each limited number paying homage to an aspect of the vehicle’s past. Of the total 1,973 units, Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior combo will be limited to 411 units, representing the original vehicle production code; Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior combo to 423 units for Chattanooga area code; Pure White with Mauro Brown interior combo to 524 units, signifying the opening date of the Chattanooga plant on May 24, 2011; and finally, Platinum Grey Metallic with Titan Black interior combo to 615 units, signifying six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales. Indeed, seems very meaningful.
In addition, 18-inch 15-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels and black mirror caps further distinguish the special edition model. Also standard are LED headlights with Advanced Front-lighting System (AFS) and Easy Open trunk.
As for the interior, the front seats feature tags with the words “1 of 1973” on one side and “VW Chattanooga Since 2011” on the other. The cupholders feature an aerial map of the city and an aerial line drawing of the Chattanooga factory. Features such as comfort sport seats with perforated Vienna leather upholstery, driver seat memory, power-adjustable front passenger seat, heating function for front and rear seats, Discover Media infotainment with navigation, Fender premium audio system, Park Assist with front and rear Park Distance Control, and Light Assist come standard.
The Passat in America is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder TSI (turbo petrol) engine with 130 kW (174 bhp/177 metric hp) at 5,000 rpm and 279 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm. A 6-speed automatic gearbox drives the front wheels.
As for the pricing, the 2022 Passat limited edition carries a starting MSRP of $30,295 with $995 destination charges. The Aurora Red Metallic paint costs an extra $395.