Volkswagen has taken the wraps off the 9th-gen Passat, scheduled to launch in select markets in the first quarter of 2024. Variants on offer would include plug-in hybrid, mild-hybrid, and five turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options.
In case you haven’t noticed yet, the new Passat made its debut in wagon/estate bodystyle, and I’m told that this will be the only bodystyle available. In other words, there’s not gonna be a sedan format. The photos above showcase Passat Elegance and Passat R-Line trims, with the latter sporting a sporty front bumper with a honeycomb pattern and aerodynamically optimized wheels.
Both models feature a light strip that connects the headlights and taillights. Optional extras include IQ.Light matrix LED headlights and 3D LED taillights with animated brake lights.
Other key highlights of the new Passat include the optional DCC Pro adaptive chassis control with dynamic steering. The electronically controlled shock absorbers with a 2-valve system adapt to the road surface and driving situation in milliseconds, the company said. It is claimed to offer maximum dynamics and highest comfort.
The refreshed interior sports a fancy new dashboard with illuminated patterns and digital displays. Other key highlights include optional ergoActive seats with massage function. There’ll also be the ergoActive Plus seats with a pneumatic 10-chamber pressure point massage function. Optional extras also include Park Assist Plus, Park Assist Pro (remote parking via smartphone), and memory function for Park Assist Pro (can record and store the last 50 metres).
Thanks to a 50 mm longer wheelbase with 50 mm more legroom in the rear and a luggage compartment capacity of up to 1,920 litres, the new Passat is ideally suited as an all-rounder for business and leisure, the company claims.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, there’ll be two eHybrid (plug-in hybrid) variants on offer with a system output of 150 kW (204 metric hp) and 200 kW (272 metric hp). A new 19.7 kWh battery pack (net energy content) is estimated to offer an all-electric range of around 100 km (62 mi). The battery pack can now be charged at AC charge points with 11 kW instead of the previous 3.6 kW. The combustion engine is gonna be a 1.5L TSI (turbo petrol).
There’ll also be a 48-volt mild-hybrid option with 110 kW (150 metric hp), offering the ability to coast without the combustion engine turned on. A 2.0L TSI (turbo petrol) will offer two output options: 150 kW (204 metric hp) and 195 kW (265 metric hp). And, a 2.0L TDI (turbo diesel) will offer three output options: 90 kW (122 metric hp), 110 kW (150 metric hp) and 142 kW (193 metric hp). A DSG automatic gearbox comes standard. 4Motion AWD is standard on models with 195 kW and 142 kW; the rest all are FWD.