ICB Exclusive: 2013 Volkswagen Passat ComfortLine variant culled from Indian line up

Team ICB’s roving eye in the sky, EarthFusion, reports that Volkswagen India has culled the ComfortLine variant of the Passat, a luxury sedan that competed with the likes of the Honda Accord, the Skoda Superb and the Hyundai Sonata. The 2013 Volkswagen Passat will henceforth be available in two variants: TrendLine and HighLine. While the TrendLine variant of the car serves as the entry level model, the HighLine variant sits at the top of the variant line up as a fully loaded model. Previously, the ComfortLine variant used to serve as a bridge between the TrendLine and the HighLine variants in terms of prices and the feature set

2012 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

2013 Volkswagen Passat Sedan

The Passat TrendLine is now being offered in Bangalore at an on road price of 28 lakhs and this includes a 2 lakh rupee cash discount on the 2012 VIN numbered models. The ComfortLine variant of the Volkswagen Passat is available at 32 lakh rupees, on road Bangalore and this includes a 2.64 lakh rupee cash discount on the 2012 VIN numbered models. The 2013 models of the Passat carry no discounts currently and come with a waiting period of about 2 months. A major difference between the TrendLine and ComfortLine models mechanically is that the former comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox while the latter features a 6 speed DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox.

Both variants of the Passat come with a 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine as standard. This motor outputs 170 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Volkswagen India doesn’t offer the Passat with a petrol engine as the demand for petrol engined cars in the Indian car market, especially in the luxury sedan space, is quite low. The top end HighLine Passat comes with park assist and BlueMotion technology. The BlueMotion technology available on the Passat HighLine boosts fuel efficiency and cuts down on tail pipe emissions by means of low resistance tyres, the lighter DSG transmission and a start-stop system.

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