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Volkswagen has lifted the covers off its all-new Passat saloon and estate. The latest model, which will receive its public premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October, boasts a cool, clean and muscular design, which the German brand hopes will move the Passat upmarket, and bridge the gap between the dominant BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class.

Fittingly then, the new Passat offers greater equipment levels, at the heart of which is a new 12.3-inch TFT display which replaces conventional dials on the dashboard – a feature that until now has been the preserve of luxury limousines. A head-up display and the latest version of VW's Park Assist are also available, along with a 6.5-inch colour display in the centre console.

A lower kerb weight combined with all new petrol and diesel engines, all of which are lighter than the units they replace, improve efficiency over the outgoing model without compromising on performance. The range-topping engine is a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre, turbodiesel delivering 236bhp and an impressive 498Nm of torque – capable of getting the Passat from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds and topping out at 149mph. This engine will only be available with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and VW's 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Lower powered 2.0-litre diesels will also be available including a 148bhp iteration.

Petrol options consist of a 1.4-litre unit in 123bhp and 148bhp (complete with fuel-saving Cylinder-On-Demand technology) states of tune. Available shortly after launch will be a 1.8-litre with 177bhp, and a larger 2.0-litre model with a choice of 216bhp or 276bhp.

Volkswagen also has plans for a plug-in petrol electric hybrid version of the Passat, which will have the ability to travel up to 31 miles on battery power alone.

The new Volkswagen Passat is likely to go on sale late this year after its Paris debut. Prices are expected to start at around £22,000.



Author: Jordan Hilton