2015 Volkswagen Passat Officially Released
|   Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Volkswagen has completely revealed the new Passat, code named B8, for 2015, described as the most successful business model in Europe." The model will debut at the Paris Motor Show in gasoline, diesel and hybrid versions.

Taking an evolutionary design, the new generation Passat is 4,767 mm long, 1,832 mm wide and 1,456 mm high, which means that it is 2 mm shorter, 12 mm wider and 6 mm lower than the current model. Using a combination of high-strength steel, hardened steel and aluminum, Volkswagen engineers were able to achieve an 85 kg lower weight for the new Passat, the lightest version having just 1312 kg.


The wheelbase has been extended by 79 mm, reaching 2,781 mm, hence the new Volkswagen Passat will offer customers more interior space, especially for rear seat passengers. The model shall enjoy a 9 kg lighter suspension. Also, all versions have LED taillights and headlights, and the option list has a dynamic lighting support function that automatically adjusts the beam so as to not disturb other road users.

Despite keeping proportions, the 8th generation Volkswagen Passat arrives on the market in 2015 with a bigger boot, 21 liters extra, now having a total of 586 liters. The station wagon (Passat Variant) also has an extended capacity with 47 extra liters of cargo area, providing a total of 1780 liters. The new Passat promises more interior space for passengers' head and shoulders in the front and back, compared to its predecessor.

Regarding the engine range, the new Volkswagen Passat will be offered this fall with the following engines:
- 1.4 TSI rated at 125 PS (92 kW) or 150 hp (110 kW)
- 1.8 TSI rated at 180 hp (132 kW)
- 2.0 TSI rated at 220 PS (162 kW) or 280 hp (206 kW)
- 1.6 TDI rated at 120 hp (88 kW)
- 2.0 TDI rated at 150 hp (110 kW), 190 hp (140 kW) or 240 hp (176 kW)
- 1.4 TSI plug-in hybrid with 211 hp (155 kW)

All engines comply with Euro 6 and consumption and CO2 emissions were reduced by 20 percent compared to the previous generation.
Inside the new 2015 Volkswagen Passat we note that the analog instruments have been replaced (on higher trim versions) by the "Active Info Display" which includes a 12.3 inch TFT display, configurable like on the Audi TT. The new Passat is also equipped with a head-up display located above the dashboard that displays relevant information in the visual field of the driver.

The new Volkswagen Passat can be equipped with numerous driving assistance systems and safety, like the Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Traffic Jam Assist, City Emergency Braking, Trailer Assist, Emergency Assist and so on.

Throughout its career, the Volkswagen Passat went on sale on almost all continents and was named accordingly. That is why the Passat, as it's know in Europe, was also called Dasher, Santana, Quantum, Magotan, Corsair and Carat. All have been a brilliant success, making the German model a real best-seller over the years. 2013 confirms this as Volkswagen managed to sell 1.1 million Passat copies, the largest number in the entire Volkswagen Group.
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