As expected, Volkswagen unveiled today the seventh generation of the Passat at the Paris Motor Show. The new car carries the same design line seen on the Touareg and the Amarok, dominated by a new grille element with prominent horizontal chrome fins as well that new headlights with integrated daytime running LEDs.
The rear also brings new tail lights and subtle chrome highlights that extend down the side of the car. Measuring 4,769 mm in length (Estate 4,771 mm) the new Passat is marginally longer than the car it replaces (+4 mm) and at 1,820 mm wide and 1,474 mm tall (Estate 1,519 mm) it retains the same proportions.
Under the hood we find a 1.4-litre TSI engine developing 122 PS, a new 1.8-litre TSI unit with 160 PS, a 2.0-litre TSI 210 PS engine as well as a powerful 3.6-litre V6 producing 300 PS. A 1.6-litre TDI unit producing 105 PS is also found as well as a 2.0-litre TDI engine available in two power outputs – 140 PS and 170 PS.
Inside, the car features new seats that can be specified to both heat and cool their occupants and even feature a massage function for the driver and front seat passenger. Furthermore, a new dashboard is available with new dials, trim finishes and an analogue clock are joined by subtle chrome inserts and the option of ambience lighting similar to that found in the Phaeton.
The 2011 Passat comes with new safety features, such as City emergency braking function, a part of the Automatic Distance Control (ADC) system, automatically engages the brakes at speeds below 18 mph should an unavoidable collision be sensed by the vehicle.
As with previous Passat models, the Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) incorporates Trailer Stabilisation when a factory fitted towbar is specified. For the first time, the car features the acclaimed XDS electronic transverse differential, seen on the Golf GTI which reduces understeer and improves traction in slippery conditions. First customer deliveries of the new Passat will take place in early January 2011.