Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic Passat, Volkswagen has officially launched the 9th generation of the mid-size vehicle. Notably, the new Passat will be offered exclusively as a wagon, following the discontinuation of the sedan version last year. Manufactured in Bratislava, Slovakia, the vehicle features a host of engine options including hybrid variants with up to 272 horsepower.
A Complete Design Overhaul for the New Volkswagen Passat
The 9th generation Passat introduces an entirely new body design, emphasizing the model’s dynamics with sharper lines and edges compared to its predecessor. A dominant air intake characterizes the front end, integrated into the bumper alongside a revamped LED headlight design, all united by a light strip above the minimized grille. Chrome accents adorn the side window frames, while the rear end gets a completely new look with LED taillights featuring 3D light signatures. Wheel sizes can go up to 19 inches, further enhancing its appeal.
Interior and Technology
Step inside, and you’re welcomed by a virtually button-free interior, making room for touchscreen controls. The dashboard now features a standard 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a central 12.9-inch multimedia screen, with an optional upgrade to a 15-inch display. The all-new interface simplifies user interaction while the gear shifter has been moved to the steering wheel, freeing up space on the central console. Not to be outdone, ergoActive seats with 14-way electric adjustability offer massage and climate control functionalities.
Size and Storage
The new Passat has grown compared to its earlier version, measuring 4917 millimeters in length (+144 mm), 1852 millimeters in width (+20 mm), and retaining its previous height of 1506 millimeters. The longer wheelbase, based on the MQB Evo platform, results in added legroom for rear passengers by 50 mm, and increased cargo space by 40 liters to a total of 690 liters.