2014 Volkswagen Passat will be lighter and more advanced - report

2011 Volkswagen Passat
2011 Volkswagen Passat

Plug-in hybrid variant rumored

The Euro-spec Volkswagen Passat is starting to show its age, so it isn't terribly surprising a replacement is coming in 2014.

According to Autoweek.nl, the redesigned model will ride on the new MQB platform which will also underpin the next-generation Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. This switch will reportedly enable the model to weigh at least 50 kg (110 lbs) less than the current Passat.

Engine options remain a mystery, but there's word of a plug-in hybrid variant with approximately 170 PS (125 kW / 168 hp) and an electric-only range of 50 km (31 miles). Additionally, the petrol engines will likely have a start/stop system and the diesels could be outfitted with NOx catalysts to meet Euro6 emission standards.

We can also expect additional standard equipment including an infotainment system and Bluetooth/iPod connectivity.

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DeeKay DeeKay
Show it's age? Isn't the current model still considered a new model?
Jan 4th, 2012 1:09am
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Sita Sita
Yes but, like the Golf VI, it is based on the old model. In fact they both look just like the redesigned old generation and serve just to fill the gap between the entirely new generations without drop in the sales. Which would be really shitty if they turn that into the practice. In the end, one compliment for the Passat. It really isn't heavy car even in this generation
Jan 4th, 2012 1:38am
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opelbauer opelbauer
The current Passat is a facelift of the Passat VI. Doesn't matter how VW calls it: Passat VII, Passat VIII or whatever... As Sita said: just like the Golf VI, a fake new model ..
Jan 4th, 2012 9:16am
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