Volkswagen has just released the full details plus a new set of images of the saloon and estate versions of the seventh generation Passat. The next generation Passat, which recently debuted at the Paris Motor Show, will have front-wheel-drive as standard. Meanwhile, the 4MOTION, the all-wheel-drive version, is offered as an option.
The engine choices include three diesels and three petrols, and a 150 PS plant that can run on natural gas (EcoFuel).
The diesel engines range from 105 PS to 140 PS and 170 PS, while the petrols include a 122 PS TSI, 160 PS TSI and a 211 PS TSI. The German carmaker also claims that the 2011 Passat’s fuel economy ranges from 4.2 l/100km (56 mpg) to 9.3 l/100km (25 mpg).
This car will be equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox fitted as standard. When it comes to safety, the new Passat will have additional features such as Side Assist assistance system, seatbelt fastening detection for the rear seats and head restraints that now also adjust horizontally on the front seats (standard from Comfortline). The risk of whiplash injury is also reduced with the installation of new head restraints for driver and front passenger.