All-new VW Passat for 2015 revealed | Parkers
The Volkswagen Passat is an extremely important model for the German brand. In fact, over the years they’ve built more Passats than the legendary Beetle.
It’s now time for the eighth-generation Passat, due to be unveiled to the public at the Paris motor show in October this year.
Smaller yet roomier
It will be slightly shorter and lower than the outgoing model, yet more spacious for occupants and luggage. The passenger compartment is 33mm longer than before and there’s an extra 26mm of headroom, despite a slight reduction in the car’s overall height.
Volkswagen’s engineers have also managed to trim the Passat’s overall weight by an impressive amount – as much as 85kg, depending on derivative.
Big gains in efficiency
That weight loss, together with the smaller dimensions’ positive effect on aerodynamics and various engine improvements, has led to improved fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
Fuel consumption has been reduced by as much as 20 percent, Volkswagen claims (depending on exact model and spec), and CO2 emissions by a greater amount still – something that will no doubt grab company car fleet managers’ attention.
Plug-in hybrid version available
We’re still waiting to hear which engines will be available for the UK market but likely to be included in an extensive petrol and diesel range are VW’s latest active cylinder units, which can shut down half of the engines cylinders when not under high load (trundling around town for instance) to save fuel.
There will also be a plug-in hybrid model, capable of a 50km range on electric power alone and a total range of 1,000km.