The all-new 8th gen Passat will be launched tomorrow in India to become the flagship sedan of the Indian line-up. VW previously sold the sixth and seventh generation models in India before it was discontinued from the lineup in December 2013. The 8th gen VW Passat will be reintroduced by the manufacturer after a gap of almost four years. Volkswagen announced the start of production of all-new Passat a few weeks back in India and next week, the prices will be officially revealed. The all-new Passat has been caught completely uncovered at a dealership in India.
The all-new Passat is based on the MQB platform and the production is taking place at the VW Group’s Aurangabad factory, which is managed by Skoda. The all-new Passat made a global debut at Paris Motor Show. It is currently in its eighth generation and gets many updates and changes compared to the last generation product.
The Passat looks much premium with its sharper, sleeker design. There is a familiar three-slat grille at the front and it also gets LED headlamps with signature DRLs. The headlamps also get signature DRLs and Dynamic Light Assist. The Passat does not get many creases on the body and yet, it looks extremely premium.
On the inside, the new Passat gets an all-new cabin with a long list of features. There is a 12.3-inch TFT digital instrument cluster that is similar to the Audi TT. It gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Passat also gets Park Assist, Heads Up Display (HUD) and safety features like Front Assist, City Emergency Braking with pedestrian monitoring and more. We are not sure what features will be included in the Indian model yet. The Indian version will get as many as 9 airbags as standard.
The Passat does not get many creases on the body and yet, it looks extremely premium. The new Passat gets 79mm longer wheelbase than the previous generation model while the overall length of the vehicle has been reduced by 2mm. This gives a very sporty look to the vehicle. The new Passat is also 12mm wider and 14mm lower, giving it a much better stance. The Passat has better space management than the outgoing version.
Powering the new 8th gen Passat will be an EA288 2.0 L TDI diesel engine producing almost 177 BHP. VW has confirmed that only 2.0-liter engine will be offered in Passat. The engine will come paired to a 6-speed DSG transmission. The company has not announced any other engine options for the Passat as of now. The car will take on the rivals like Skoda Superb, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in India. The price is expected to be around Rs. 35 lakh, ex-showroom. It will be available in only one Highline variant.