After the 2011 Golf GTI Edition 35, Volkswagen also unveiled today the all-new Passat BlueMotion and you know what this means, right? A combined fuel consumption of just 4.1 l/100 km (4.3 l/100 km for the Passat Variant) and CO2 emissions of just 109 g / km (113 g / km for the Passat Variant). Responsible for these numbers is the advanced 1.6-liter TDI engine capable to deliver 77 kw or 105 hp and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
According to the manufacturer the all-new Passat BlueMotion has a total range of 1,700 kilometers or 1056 miles. Regarding the design, the new car features a black-painted radiator grille with chrome strips.
Moreover, we find 17-inch BuenosAires alloy wheels as well as a new Glacier Blue Metallic paint, available only for the BlueMotion models. Regarding the price, the 2011 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion is priced from € 26,450, while the Passat BlueMotion Varian can be yours for € 27,400.
The Volkswagen Passat delivers more than just refinements as it also offers more comfort. The Easy Open feature, for instance, allows the boot lid at the back to be opened by a simple specific foot movement. Then there is the Park Assist II which can help the driver park this saloon. By pushing on a button, the vehicle is able to see the available parking spaces that are perpendicular, or even parallel, to the road.
It will also allow the Passat to automatically steer to the parking space with enough precision up to a centimeter. That is not all that this vehicle has to offer as there are a number of innovations inside. It has what is known as a fatigue detection system, the first in the world, and is available with the Comfortline equipment line as a standard equipment. It will also be the first vehicle form the brand to have the city emergency braking function.
This feature is activated when the vehicle is driving at speeds below 30 km/h or when it detects other vehicles that are not moving. When needed, it immediately starts a braking operation which helps in evading a possible front end collision and if it does occur, minimizes the potential damage. Enhancing the already excellent assistance system is the addition of the improved adaptive cruise control with the Front Assist.
Though the technologies fitted already distinguish the Passat from its rivals, making it stand out even more is the value-added workmanship and the use of top-quality materials. This is made clearer when one looks at its interior where the use of such materials is evident and as it comes with ambient lighting, new door trims and seats. The interior also gets an enhanced visual appeal and remains to be delightful to touch with the redesigned highlights of the instruments.
Its center console was revised to result in a chic effect. In many vehicles, drivers are generally apprehensive when it comes to controlling the switch of the main mean light. However this is not an issue with the Passat since the main beam light is constantly available provided that traffic allows it. The main reason is that with the standard H7 headlights, this new model is able to change the main beam from off to on depending on the traffic or the oncoming traffic that is in front of the Passat.
This system is known as the Light Assist. Should the customer decide to have the bi-xenon headlights with the cornering lights, the main beam is still active. It is only deactivated when the Dynamic Light Assist determines that other cars could be distracted due to the glare.
The main beam headlight assistance and the optional main beam assistance are both triggered once the Passat reaches at least 60 km/h. For the Touareg and the Phaeton, both will have the Side Assist, a system that can alert the driver should there be any vehicle in the Passat’s blind spot. The Passat even has a camera in the front which can identify speed limit signs, take a picture of them, and then show it on the cockpit. It can even detect no-passing zones, when possible, and alert the driver to it.