The countdown has begun – in September, Volkswagen is launching a major technological update for the Passat. The update fundamentally changes the world's most successful mid-range car, which has already sold more than 30 million units: with the next generation of Infotainment systems (MIB3), Volkswagen can be permanently online if desired, bringing ground-breaking new functions and services on board. New assistance systems such as Travel Assist perfect safety and comfort and make it the first Passat with the potential to drive up to 210 km/h in partially assisted mode. Once again, the bestseller will be launched as a saloon and estate.
GTE – temporarily a zero emission vehicle. One of the highlights in the range is the new version of the Passat GTE. It is the first model of a new generation of Volkswagen plug-in hybrid models with a significantly bigger range. Crucial feature: a battery with a higher energy content. For the Passat, it is boosted by 31 percent. With 13 kWh of stored energy, the electric range in the new WLTP cycle is now extended to up to 55 km for the Estate and to 56 km for the Saloon. These values correspond to around 70 NEDC km – 20 km more than with the predecessor. This completely changes automotive life with the Passat GTE. Even in large cities such as Berlin or Paris, the increased energy content of the battery is enough to cover most everyday distances completely electrically and thus emission-free. Thanks to a newly configured hybrid mode, it is now also much easier to store sufficient electrical energy even during long journeys in order to travel emission-free in the urban destination area.
GTE – also predestined for long-distance travel. For longer distances and above 140 km/h, the powerful electric motor supports the Passat GTE’s efficient petrol engine (TSI). The electric thrust acts like an additional booster, offering a very special way of developing power, especially in sporty “GTE” mode, as electric motors deliver maximum torque from one second to the next. One thing is certain: the Passat GTE’s current plug-in hybrid drive is a key technology component for the new era of electric mobility. The Passat GTE combines the advantages of the electric drive with the qualities of a long-distance vehicle to create one of the most efficient mid-range models available today – zero emissions in the city, clean efficiency on long-distance journeys: the 160 kW / 218 PS Passat GTE is one of the first vehicles in its class to meet the limits of the Euro 6d emission standard – which will not apply to new cars until 2021. In addition, the Passat GTE – for example in Germany – is particularly economically attractive for company car drivers as they only have to pay tax on 0.5 instead of 1.0 percent of the gross new car price per month.
2.0 TDI Evo – Forerunner of a new generation of diesel engines. The newly developed 2.0 TDI Evo with 110 kW / 150 PS is making its début within the Passat’s turbo diesel engine range. The innovative four-cylinder generates significantly less CO2 than the comparable engine in its predecessor and is regarded as a pioneer of a new generation of diesel engines. The 2.0 TDI Evo in the new Passat features a dual catalytic converter SCR system and dual AdBlue dosing on the emissions side. The three other Passat diesel engines develop 88 kW / 120 PS, 140 kW / 190 PS and 176 kW / 240 PS. The range of petrol engines includes three TSIs with 110 kW / 150 PS, 140 kW / 190 PS and 200 kW / 272 PS. All TSI and TDI units fulfil the requirements of the Euro 6d-TEMP emission standard. In addition, every new Passat – whether a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine – is equipped with a particulate filter.
Passat, Business and Elegance – new equipment matrix. The Passat of the Year 2019 is being launched on the market with a new equipment structure. The basic version is now called Passat. Above this follows the mid equipment level Business. The top level is called Elegance. Business and Elegance can also be ordered with R-Line personalisation. As well as these versions, the new model will also again be available as a separate Alltrack model (all-wheel drive all-rounder with offroad capabilities). The Passat GTE also features model-specific equipment. Volkswagen has also designed an exclusive special-edition model limited to 2,000 units: the Passat R-Line Edition in the exclusive colour Moonstone Grey. This edition is available with the two top engines (176 kW TDI or 200 kW TSI, four-wheel drive (4MOTION) and the new assistance system Travel Assist.
Travel Assist – ground-breaking IQ.DRIVE technology. IQ.DRIVE, the umbrella brand for Volkswagen driver assist systems, brings together technologies that pave the way toward assisted driving. This includes the new Travel Assist: the Passat will be the first Volkswagen that is capable of partially assisted driving across practically the whole speed range (0 to 210 km/h / 30 to 210 km/h with manual gearbox). Along with its assistance system, the Passat therefore represents the most advanced version of IQ.DRIVE yet seen.
Capacitive steering wheel – new interface. Volkswagen builds on intuitive operation and technologies that function largely automatically. The new Passat will be the first Volkswagen worldwide with a capacitive steering wheel. This detects touch by the driver, providing an interactive interface to systems such as Travel Assist.
Lane Assist and IQ.LIGHT – see and be seen. The lane guidance with Lane Assist has been optimised with a new multifunction camera. The new IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights also enhance safety and comfort. After the luxury SUV Touareg, it is the first other model of the brand with an interactive matrix system of headlights. The new Passat Elegance has the IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights on board as standard.
MIB3 – permanently online on request. The third generation of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) also has its début alongside the new Passat.It brings about a host of new functions, for instance App-Connect Wireless – a menu providing direct access to selected smartphone apps via the Infotainment
display – for instance makes elements including the wireless integration of Apple CarPlay possible for the first time at Volkswagen thanks tothe MIB3. If required, the Passat is now also permanently online as the new MIB3 Infotainment systems also come with an integrated online connectivity unit (OCU) including eSIM as standard. In addition to improved navigation-related services with real-time information, Volkswagen We and the mobile online services of We Connect and We Connect Plus (both standard in Germany) as well as We Connect Fleet (available in Germany and France upon market launch of the Passat) integrated here make new technologies and offers available via MIB3. They include music streaming services such as Apple Music and TIDAL, the integration of updatable web app technologies, natural voice control enriched with online content and the future cloud-based personalisation of vehicle settings. For the first time, smartphones (compatible Samsung models) can also be used as a mobile key for opening and starting the Passat.
Volkswagen We – open to new ideas. With the new Passat, Volkswagen We gathers more momentum. Volkswagen has developed a digital platform called Volkswagen We, offering and supplying bundled mobile online services in a very simple manner. It is an open system that is continuously being enhanced. At this point, Volkswagen is therefore open to specialist partners and develops new services in conjunction with them. Collaboration with local start-ups, companies and authorities creates space for new concepts such as We Park (cashless parking) or We Deliver (car access-based services – simple and safe access of service partners to the vehicle). The individual Volkswagen ID gives all the brand’s customers central access to all Volkswagen services – and therefore to a completely new spectrum of Internet-based information and services.
Digital Cockpit – integrated with the MIB3. The hardware and software in the MIB3 form a digitally linked unit with the Passat’s new Digital Cockpit. The digital instruments have been considerably enhanced compared to the previous system (Active Info Display). The enhanced high-contrast graphics display is clear and high-quality. The range of functions has been lifted to a whole new level. Three different display configurations can now be customised via a multifunction steering wheel (which is also new) at the touch of a button (View). Detailed settings can also be conveniently adapted individually using MIB. For instance, the colour highlights in the display reflect the current ambient lighting colour.
Exterior design – LEDs as light sources. Volkswagen has sharpened and refined the design of the Passat. The front and rear bumpers, the radiator grille and the Passat logo, now located centrally at the rear, have all been redesigned. In addition, new LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights and LED tail light clusters ensure a distinctive design. Colours like Lapiz Blue, Bottlegreen and Sea Shell Gold are also new to the Passat. In addition, four new styles of 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels extend the wheel range.
Interior design – aesthetics of the digital world. The Passat sets itself apart in the interior with new trim finishes and fabrics, redesigned door trims, a new trim colour, new instruments and the standard multifunction steering wheel which is also new. There is now a stylish backlit Passat logo in the dash panel instead of an analogue clock. The centre console has a large, open storage compartment with an optional inductive interface for smartphones and adjacent, illuminated USB-C connection. The screens of the Digital Cockpit and the Infotainment systems merge at night with the illuminated buttons on the capacitive multifunction steering wheel and the background lighting (up to 30 colours) to create a well-lit, aesthetic and functional platform for providing information. The ambient lighting’s colour highlights are also reflected in the Infotainment system and Digital Cockpit.
Dynaudio sound system – finely tuned 700 watts. Danish hi-fi specialist Dynaudio has carefully adapted the 700-watt sound system to fit the interior of the new Passat perfectly. This ensures that the music on board – regardless of the source – has the best sound ever heard in a Passat.