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The Evolution of Volkswagen Passat - The Eighth Generation Car For NexGen Drivers
The new Volkswagen Passat, all set to be released in 2015, was revealed last week for car lovers to drool over. The car that will go on sale in Europe
on July 10, 2015, features evolutionary design coupled with new technologies and impressive features. This eighth generation Passat testifies
Volkswagen’s preference for evolution over revolution.
The Look and Interiors
The Passat B8 is 4,767 mm long, 1,832 mm wide and 1,456 mm tall. This means it is shorter, wider and lower than the older one. This is the lightest model
in the new Passat range and weighs 1,312 kg.
The grille has 4 bars that incline towards the head lights. The rear lights are comparatively wider and leaner. The lights at the back are LEDs and those
at the front are either Halogen or LED depending on what the buyer picks. Dynamic Light Assist allows the headlights to automatically adjust themselves to
light up a dark road without being too bright to traffic around.
There is now more leg room and head room, and also more space for luggage. The interiors are surprisingly very spacious, especially considering the reduced
exterior dimensions. The dashboard, which hasn’t really been revised as compared to the older models, features new design for most of its components. The
air conditioning vents are integrated into the dashboard in a manner that leaves no seams; and this looks visually quite pleasing.
The Active Info Display is an impressive aspect of the Passat with a 12.3 inch TFT display – the latest modular infotainment system with the Car-Net remote
app, 360 degree area view function and Park Assist.
Its technologies developed for safety include Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Emergency Assist (halts the vehicle if the driver is suddenly
incapacitated), Traffic Jam assist (to make stop-start drive through traffic easier) and the Front Assist System with Emergency Braking (helps detect
pedestrians with the help of a radar and camera).
The Heart Of The Passat
The Passat comes with an all new range of 10 engines to choose from, one of which will be specific to the 7-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive.
It is a high performance, four cylinder, bi-turbo diesel, 2.0 litres that delivers 240 PS and a whopping 500 nm from 1,750 rpm.
All of the 10 diesel and petrol four cylinder engines that you can choose from feature direct injection and turbocharging
A plug-in hybrid model is also going to be launched. It will be able to cover 31 miles on its battery power alone and will feature a maximum range of 600
The mid-sized model of the Passat will be revealed at the Paris motor show somewhere in September or October this year. More details of this new Passat
will be announced at the event along with the pricing for the UK.
With all of the specifications mentioned above, there is no way that a loyal Volkswagen fan wouldn’t want to indulge in this fine piece of evolutionary
incarnation that seems to tempt one and all with every single feature.