Volkswagen launches 9th generation Passat
Drive options available in the UK for the new model include a mild hybrid eTSI petrol engine that is new for the Passat, two new plug-in eHybrids and a TSI turbo petrol version. Power outputs range from 150 to 272 PS, and all drives are combined with a direct shift gearbox (DSG) as standard. The Passat Estate offers a level of travel comfort and will be available with new adaptive chassis control (DCC Pro3), which is optional on the Life and Elegance trims and standard on R-Line, and new ergoActive seats3 (with pneumatic pressure point massage). The features of the digitalised cockpit landscape are a completely new development. The new Passat can also optionally park4 independently and cover long distances in assisted driving mode.
Two new plug-in hybrid drives. Kai Grünitz, Member of the Brand Board of Management responsible for Technical Development, says: "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."
The two completely newly developed plug-in hybrid drives (eHybrid) with a system output of 150 kW (204 PS)1 and 200 kW (272 PS)1 are a perfect example of this. 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 Estate 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 Estate 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 petrol engine (1.5 TSI evo) provides overall ranges of around 1,000 km.
48 V mild hybrid
Also new on board the Passat is a 48 V mild hybrid drive (eTSI with 110 kW / 150 PS)1 that transforms kinetic energy into electric energy and makes it possible to "coast" without using the combustion engine. A 2.0 TSI 150 kW (204 PS)1 turbo petrol engine for the R-Line complete the powertrain range in the UK. An automatic direct shift gearbox (DSG) is always standard.
Volkswagen has completely redesigned the interior. The MIB4 serves as the technical platform. The latest generation of the "modular infotainment matrix" allows intuitive operation that has been consistently tailored to the wishes of Volkswagen drivers.
The new Passat Estate will launch with a further developed range of 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 metres 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 manoeuvre. Independent driving out of a parking space is also possible.
The adaptive chassis control DCC Pro represents a new level of suspension technology within Volkswagen. Its spread of dynamics and comfort sets standards for Volkswagen. This is made possible thanks to the two-valve technology used in a Volkswagen for the first time. The ergoActive Plus seats with a pneumatic 10-chamber pressure point massage function also offer a high level of travel comfort. Thanks to a 50 mm longer wheelbase with also 50 mm more legroom in the rear and a luggage compartment capacity of up to 1,920 litres, the Passat Estate is ideally suited as an all-rounder for business and leisure.