Volkswagen’s Latest Passat Unveiled: A Closer Look at the Ninth-Generation Model

Volkswagen has just unveiled the ninth-generation Passat, a model that has sold over 34 million units worldwide, making it one of the brand's most successful vehicles. This latest version, however, bids farewell to the sedan variant and will only be available as the more spacious Passat Variant. Notably, it will continue to offer hybrid powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid capable of traveling up to 100 km on a single charge.

Enhanced Platform and Comfort

The new VW Passat is built on the updated MQB evo platform, offering improved driving dynamics. It also introduces a brand-new digital platform, the MIB4. Passengers can expect enhanced ride comfort thanks to the new adaptive DCC Pro dampers. Moreover, the vehicle boasts new pneumatic massage seats for added luxury.

Innovative Interior Design

Volkswagen has not only improved the Passat’s exterior aesthetics but has also reimagined the interior. The updated interior bears resemblance to the electric ID lineup, even featuring similar steering wheel-mounted controls. The familiar touch-sensitive buttons may have made way for conventional tactile ones, a welcome change for many.

Impressive Plug-in Hybrid Performance

The top-tier powertrains for the Passat consist of two plug-in hybrid systems. The base model provides 150 kW of power, while the more powerful option offers a substantial 200 kW. These hybrids feature a 19.7 kWh battery that now enables an all-electric range of up to 100 kilometers. What makes this plug-in hybrid even more enticing is its fast-charging capability, up to 50 kW through DC, a rarity among hybrids. These electric motors are paired with a new 1.5 TSI evo2 petrol engine.

Options for Every Driver

For those who prefer not to worry about charging, the Passat offers a mild-hybrid option with a 48V electrical system, delivering 110 kW. Volkswagen caters to its loyal customers with traditional combustion engines as well. Petrol options include turbocharged 150 kW and 195 kW 2.0-liter engines, while diesel choices come in 90 kW, 110 kW, and 142 kW versions. The vehicle now comes exclusively with a dual-clutch automatic DSG transmission. Additionally, all-wheel-drive 4MOTION will be available for the more potent engines.

The Passat’s focus on comfort and spaciousness needs no introduction. It has always been synonymous with these qualities, offering ample space for passengers and cargo. The ninth generation extends this legacy with an extra 50 mm of wheelbase length. The vehicle will make its debut at the IAA Mobility exhibition in Munich from September 5th to 9th. It is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of the next year, with February being mentioned by some sources. As for pricing around £34,000.

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