Volkswagen released today the official details and specs of its all-new 2015 Passat (B8). As we said, the new Passat (B8) will move upscale in order to escape mid-market struggles and will hit the European dealerships by November, with a price tag of 25,875 euros (saloon) and 25,950 (estate). According to the official press release, advance sales for the 2015 Passat (B8) will begin on Thursday, 10 July.
The new Passat will be available with a choice of 10 direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that cover a power range from 120 PS (88 kW) to an impressive 280 PS (206 kW). The entry-level 1.4-liter petrol engine comes with 125 PS (92 KW), but Volkswagen offers a more potent version with 150 PS (110 kW) that comes with Active Cylinder Technology.
A bigger 1.8-liter TSI engine generates 180 PS (132 kW). The 2.0-liter TSI comes with 220 PS (162 kW), but VW offers a more powerful version that develops 280 PS (206 kW). Regarding the diesel engines, the entry-level 1.6-liter TDI comes with 120 PS (88 kW). Still, Volkswagen offers the popular 2.0-liter TDI engine that generates 150 PS (110 kW) or 190 PS (140 kW).
There is also an all-new biturbo version of the 2.0-liter diesel engine that delivers 240 PS (176 kW) and 500 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. For the first time, the Passat will get a plug-in hybrid drive, consisting of a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine that produces 156 PS (115 kW), an electric motor with 108 hp (80 kW) and an externally chargeable battery.
The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 211 PS (155 kW), which means that the 2015 Passat (B8) Hybrid will be VW’a most powerful plug-in hybrid model. Thanks to the electric motor and the externally chargeable battery, the Passat (B8) Hybrid has an all-electric range of 50 km (31 miles), while the combined range is 965 km or 600 miles.
All engines found on the 2015 Passat (B8) meet the Euro 6 emission standards. Volkswagen says that its new Passat is 85 kg lighter than the model it replaces. As a result, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were both reduced by 20 percent. Regarding the design, the 2015 Passat looks pretty impressive and just like a smaller Phaeton, VW’s flagship sedan.
With a total length of 4767 mm, the 2015 Passat is 2 mm shorter than its predecessor, while the length of the wheelbase was extended by 79 mm to 2791 mm. As a result, the wheels moved 29 mm towards the front, while the rear wheels moved 17 mm towards the rear bumper. The interior length increased by 33 mm, which does not sound like a lot, but is a lot of space for your legs.
Just like the previous version, the 2015 Passat (B8) will be offered in two body style variants – sedan and estate - and in three versions: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The Highline comes as standard with the new LED headlights. The 2015 Passat (B8) Estate offers more trunk space, which was increased by 47 liters to 650 liters. Thanks to the folding seats, the Passat (B8) Variant offers a total volume of 1780 liters.
The 2015 Passat (B8) Sedan offers a trunk space of 586 liters, with 21 liters more than the model it replaces. Interior of the brand new German vehicle was completely overhauled as it comes with a redesigned dashboard, a brand new steering wheel, the Active Info Display (a fully digital instrument cluster) and an extendible head-up display.
Volkswagen’s brand new Passat (B8) arrives with the latest technologies such as app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and three more world firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist. [source: Volkswagen]