Vokswagen's eight generation Passat is 85kg lighter
Volkswagen has unveiled the eighth generation of the Passat, which is expected to go on sale in Ireland early in 2015. The new car, according to Volkswagen, will offer executive car levels of refinement and creature comforts.
Shown in both saloon and estate guises, it will be 85kg lighter than the model it replaces, adding up to savings of up to 20pc in terms of fuel economy. While not remarkably bigger than the current model, some changes have added up to increased legroom and interior space.
The new car is actually 2mm shorter than the current Passat, but now comes with a longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs which is expected to make the handling more dynamic - helped by the fact that the car now sits 14mm lower. However, the new version is wider and comes with better interior space. Interior length has grown by 33mm and there is greater luggage space too. In the saloon there is 21 litres of extra space, bringing it up to 586 litres.
There will be a total of 10 TSI and TDI engines available ranging in power from 120bhp to 280bhp. Highlights include a new plug-in hybrid model that will offer 211bhp, 50km/h of pure electric drive and we can also expect emissions of less than 50g/km. There will be a 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel putting out 240bhp, yet with emissions of just 5.3 l/100km.
Irish buyers will no doubt stick to their favoured 150bhp and 190bhp diesel engines.
There is no word on pricing, but we do know that order books are likely to open towards the tail end of this year.