America-only Passat receives energy enhance for petrol powertrain and redesigned inside
Volkswagen has pulled to covers off its new Passat for North American clients on the Detroit motor present.
The second-generation mannequin, which is generally unrelated to the European Passat when it comes to mechanicals, is because of arrive at dealerships in the summertime. It’s mentioned to have been redesigned “to cater particularly to American consumers, with extra inside house and creature comforts” in addition to what Volkswagen describes as a “fun-to-drive nature”.
The outside, particularly the entrance finish, takes design inspiration from the lately launched new Touareg SUV. Inside, it’s typical Volkswagen fare, with a typical glass infotainment display, though there is no point out of the Lively Information Show digital devices accessible on the European mannequin. A considerably extra superior suite of driver help capabilities has been included, too.
A 172bhp 2.Zero-litre turbocharged petrol engine sends energy to the entrance wheels by means of a six-speed torque converter computerized gearbox. New software program within the gearbox permits an elevated torque output to 207lb ft. Some launch variants proceed with the previous powertrain, nonetheless.
New accessible equipment contains heated rear seats, adaptive entrance lighting and a Fender premium audio system. Each Passat comes with Volkswagen’s Automotive-Web App Join options, bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, whereas a three-month subscription to SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio is included.
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