Friday 6 December 2019

Volkswagen sketch in details of economical new Passat

Claim 20pc cut in fuel consumption; new infotainment system

An artist's impression of the new VW Passat
An artist's impression of the new VW Passat
The new Passat will premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

VOLKSWAGEN has outlined some technical details of its new Passat – and are hinting at a 20pc cut in fuel consumption.

This is the eighth generation of the large-family motor which has racked up 23 million sales globally over its 41 years on the road.

It will be 85kg lighter because they'll be using hot-formed steel and aluminium when they roll it out in July. It will premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October.

It will be slightly smaller than the current one, but they claim they've conjured more interior and luggage space.

The engines, as ever, will be a major focus.

There will be a plug-in hybrid model which they claim will travel up to 50km on battery power alone. It will have an overall range of nearly 1,000km.

It looks like the 4cyl, 2-litre bi-turbo diesel (240bhp) will be a highlight. It will have a new 7spd DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

A new active info display with an interactive 12.3ins TFT takes over from the old instrument cluster; there will be a heads-up display; the infotainment system will include the Car-Net remote app and there will be a 360-degree area view function.

The latest park assist has an option that allows the car to park itself in perpendicular spaces.

And for those who do a lot of towing, there is a 'world-first' trailer assist, to help when reversing with a trailer attached.

There is a litany of other technologies, including side assist with rear traffic alert; traffic jam assist and emergency assist, which can bring the car to a halt if the driver is incapacitated.

LED tail lights will be standard; headlights will be halogen or LED.

The new Passat is due here before the end of the year.

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