Volkswagen will unveil the new Passat Variant at the upcoming IAA Mobility in Munich. With more than 34 million units sold worldwide across its lifetime, the Passat is the top-selling Volkswagen of all time after the Golf and ahead of the Beetle.
The range of two new plug-in hybrid drives, one mild hybrid drive and five turbocharged gasoline and diesel engine variants is characterized by efficiency. The spacious Passat Variant will be optionally available with new adaptive chassis control (DCC Pro) and new ergoActive seats (with pneumatic pressure point massage). The intuitive features of the digitalized cockpit landscape are a completely new development. The new Passat can also optionally park independently and cover long distances in assisted driving mode.
The latest evolutionary stage of the modular transverse matrix (MQB evo) forms the highly innovative technical basis of the ninth Passat generation. Thanks to the significant economies of scale of the MQB evo, Volkswagen has again democratised numerous high-tech developments and made them available for hundreds of thousands of drivers.—Kai Grünitz, Member of the Brand Board of Management responsible for Technical Development
The two completely newly developed plug-in hybrid drives (eHybrid) deliver a system output of 150 kW (204 PS) and 200 kW (272 PS). In combination with a new 19.7 kWh battery (net energy content), they make all-electric ranges of around 100 km possible.
This distance turns the new Passat Variant into an electric vehicle for everyday life—this is additionally ensured by short charging times as the battery can now be charged at AC charge points with 11 kW instead of the previous 3.6 kW. The Passat Variant eHybrid can even be charged with up to 50 kW at DC fast charging stations.
In addition, the combination of electric drive motor and new economical turbocharged gasoline engine (1.5 TSI evo2) provides overall ranges of around 1,000 km.
New 48 V mild hybrid. Also new on board the Passat is a 48 V mild hybrid drive (eTSI with 110 kW / 150 PS) that transforms kinetic energy into electric energy and makes it possible to coast without using the combustion engine.
Two 150 kW (204 PS) and 195 kW (265 PS) turbo gasoline engines (2.0 TSI) as well as three turbo diesel engines (2.0 TDI) with 90 kW (122 PS), 110 kW (150 PS) and 142 kW (193 PS) complete the powertrain range. An automatic direct shift gearbox (DSG) is always standard. The versions with outputs of 195 kW and 142 kW come with the intelligently controlled 4MOTION all-wheel drive system as standard; all other models have front-wheel drive.
New landscape display. Volkswagen has completely redesigned the high-quality interior, which features a clearly arranged, large landscape display. The MIB4 serves as the technical platform here.
Assisted parking. The new Passat Variant will launch with a further developed range of state-of-the-art assist systems. The spectrum of park assist systems is new. These include the optional Park Assist Plus, Park Assist Pro and the memory function for Park Assist Pro. With Park Assist Pro, the new Passat Variant can drive into and out of parking spaces by remote control using a smartphone.
If the Passat has the memory function for Park Assist Pro on board, the system can record and store the last 50 meters of a journey on request. When the vehicle reaches the same position again—for example, the entrance to the carport at home—it offers to take over the parking maneuver. Independent driving out of a parking space is also possible.