The Volkswagen Passat received a cosmetic upgrade for North America. The model is renewed, although in Europe it offers a new generation from just over a year ago. He also added new equipment options and better technologies.
V olkswagen released the first pictures and information of facelift of the eighth generation of the Passat to the US market. The sedan gains a renewed appearance, while in Europe the ninth generation model was launched over a year ago.
Volkswagen You may not have chosen the best day to introduce a new model in North America, just at a time when exploding the scandal involving data emissions falsified in their diesel engines, to the point that some of senior executives they chose not to appear in the press release.
The Volkswagen Passat won a facelift , plus some updates in terms of equipment and technology , leaving it in better shape to face the last stage in the commercial life of the current generation, until the brand decides to bring to America the next-generation model.
So far no ninth-generation Passat in North America.
Outwardly wins new bumpers, fenders, grille and headlights thinner , together with a revised, like the trunk lid rear bumper. Moreover, short front and rear lights with LED technology. In addition, the R-Line sporty finish previously was not available, which adds exterior details like a new front bumper with black accents, side skirts, rear diffuser and alloy wheels 19 inches sum equipped with tires measuring 235/40/19.
The interior has a new instrument panel , as well as improvements in materials and finishes a wheel of new design and new details in piano black and chrome color. In addition, the infotainment system now offered with carplay Apple, Android Auto and MirrorLink , which also has updated gesture controls.
Among the optional equipment offers keyless entry system, plus several systems of driving assistance , such as speed adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning and autonomous emergency braking , post-collision system and backup camera automatic braking.
Under the hood there is nothing new, as its mechanical offer is structured around three different options a 1.8-liter TSI turbo a VR6 3.6-liter, 280 horsepower , plus TDI 2.0-liter diesel, the latter the drive questioned by US authorities and for the moment with his paralyzed in the US sales.
Its commercial launch will take place before the end of the year, with a price of entry to the United States around $ 22,000 .
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