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Volkswagen of America, Inc., staged the world debut of the new Passat. Designed in Germany and made in America, the new Passat was developed as a larger vehicle with premium features and handling characteristics.
The all-new Passat offers three drivetrain options: a 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel; a 2.5L gasoline engine, and a 3.6L VR6 gasoline engine. The diesel version—the Passat TDI— is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon (5.47 l/100KM) on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles (1,287 km).
The four-cylinder 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel delivers 140 hp/236 lb-ft (104 kW/320 N·m) and uses a NOx storage converter to meet 50-state emissions requirements. Optional on the Passat TDI will be Volkswagen’s 6-speed DSG transmission.
The 2.5L five cylinder engine (170 hp/177 lb-ft) (127 kW/,240 N·m) which is being offered in the Passat for the first time, will be mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission. As an alternative, the 2.5 multi port injection engine may be paired with a 6-speed automatic.
The 3.6 liter VR6 offers 280 hp/258 lb-ft (209 kW/350 N·m) with estimated 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km) on the highway. Gear shifting on the new Passat VR6 is handled by a standard 6-speed DSG incorporating an automatic dual-clutch system that instantly engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal.
With a special computer controlling the process, one clutch is engaged on the next gear while the clutch from the previous gear is released.
Volkswagen expects the new Passat and the all-new Jetta to be the sales leaders in its plan to significantly increase market share in the United States.