2016 VW Passat features new design suited for American customers, prices start at $22,440

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 22, 2015

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is introducing the new MY2016 Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan that is designed and developed for customers in the United States. This newest version of the Passat has been homologated to suit American taste in terms of design, cargo space, interior, technology, engines and driver assistance systems.

Aside from infotainment and connectivity technologies, the MY2016 VW Passat is also blessed with a number of new safety and driver assistance systems in.

One of these is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that comes as standard on all MY2016 Passat models. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is developed on the assertion that a collision is a series of events following the initial impact, which means subsequent collisions are possible.

Once the airbag sensors detect a primary collision, the system will apply the brakes to help to lessen residual kinetic energy and thus cut the risk of further damage.

Customers are also treated with a number of advanced driver assistance systems like Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) as well as Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).

The availability of these assistance systems depends on the trim level chosen by customers. On the other hand, rearview cameras come as standard on all MY2016 Passat models.

The MY2016 VW Passat is also powered by any of the three available powertrains, depending on the trim level: a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI four cylinder; a 2.0-liter TDI engine; and a 280-hp 3.6-liter VR6 engine.

In terms of fuel economy, the MY2016 Passat can be considered frugal with Passat 1.8T automatic version having an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of 38 mpg.

Although VW intends to disclose the full pricing of all the available Passat models close to their launch this year, it has already tagged it with the starting price of the 1.8T S model at $22,440. VW builds the MY2016 Passat at its Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant in Tennessee.

Exterior Design

In the arena of exterior design, the MY2016 Passat features a styling that is more aggressing and more imposing than the previous. This is all thanks to changes like a new hood, grille, front fenders, front and rear bumpers and trunklid, as well as available LED headlights and taillights.

Most of the new Passat’s exterior elements have been revised, save for the doors, the roof and the body side stamping. On the front, the Passat now features a wider and more planted stance, thanks to its slimmer headlights, a muscular domed hood and a more prominent four-bar grille.

On the rear, the new Passat features a European-style flush rear license plate area and a new chrome strip on the trunk that makes the rear lights seems lower. Additionally, the rear of the Passat now appears more premium thanks to chrome on the bumpers, window surrounds and door trim.

Customers could also avail of LED headlights and taillights that offer better illumination at lesser energy consumption.

For the 2016 model year, the Volkswagen Passat is available with the sporty R-Line version, which features distinct rocker panels, a modified rear diffuser and a stylized front bumper with contrasting black accents, as well as 19” anthracite Salvador aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40 ZR rated tires.

Interior Design

On the other hand, the interior of the new 2016 Passat has been significantly upgraded to don a more sophisticated feel and appearance. Its cabin features a new instrument panel with two large gauges and a center stack that integrates the latest MIB II infotainment system.

Teeming with upgraded materials, the cabin of the new Passat is blessed with a new steering wheel and column stalk design, refined chrome and piano black trim, and two-tone décor panels. Customers could also avail of new rear seats with heating capability and the Easy-Open keyless access.

According to Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design at Volkswagen, designers implemented a progressive design strategy with the new Passat, resulting to a dynamic and even more sophisticated appearance. He noted that the integration of several new design elements is what has made the MY2016 Passat distinct from the previous model.

In terms of technology, the MY2016 VW Passat has aplenty, one of which is the carmaker’s second-generation “modular infotainment platform” or MIB II. This system comes with touchscreens as standard on all Passat models.

On most Passat models, the touchscreen display features a capacitive touch sensor that allows gesture controls like swiping and pinch-zooming. Likewise, most MIB II units have a proximity sensor that could detect when a hand is nearby and the display will automatically switch for easier selection of features.

All Passat models come with USB and Bluetooth connectivity as standard. Interestingly, MIB II also underpins the available Volkswagen Car-Net system, a suite of connected vehicle services and features provided for by the German carmaker.

VW Car-Net features App-Connect technology, which allows the use of three major smartphone integration platforms: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.

Press Release

VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS NEW 2016 PASSAT WITH STRIKING DESIGN, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND ENHANCED VALUE

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce the debut of the new 2016 Volkswagen Passat, a midsize sedan that is designed for the American lifestyle and built in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. The 2016 Passat features a winning combination of design, interior and cargo space, class-leading technology, available driver assistance systems, and powerful, yet frugal, engines. In addition, a revised trim structure will enhance the Passat’s value story.

Design

The 2016 Passat features more aggressive styling than its predecessor, with a new hood, front fenders, grille, front and rear bumpers, trunklid and available LED headlights and taillights. In short, the only sheetmetal that remains unchanged is the roof, the doors, and the body side stamping.

“We applied a progressive design strategy with the new Passat, giving the car a dynamic presence and a more sophisticated look,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design, Volkswagen. ”We have integrated several new design elements, including a sculpted, domed hood that significantly sets the car apart from its predecessor.”

Slimmer headlights, a more substantial four-bar grille, and the muscular, domed hood all work together to give the Passat a wider, more planted stance from the front. At the back, the new car has a premium European-style flush rear license plate area. Additionally, a new chrome strip on the trunk makes the rear lights appear lower, enhancing the grounded appearance, while chrome on the window surrounds, bumpers, and door trim adds to the premium nature of the design. Available on all trim lines, dramatic LED headlights and taillights provide better lighting performance with reduced energy consumption.

For the first time, Volkswagen is offering an R-Line® version of the Passat. This sporty model features unique rocker panels, a stylized front bumper with contrasting black accents, a modified rear diffuser, and 19” anthracite Salvador aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 ZR rated tires.

Inside, the 2016 Passat gets an extensively upgraded interior, for a more sophisticated look and feel. A new instrument panel features two large gauges and the center stack incorporates VW’s latest MIB II infotainment system. The interior also features upgraded materials, a new steering wheel and column stalk design, two-tone décor panels, and refined chrome and piano black trim. Heatable rear seats are a new available feature, along with Easy-Open keyless access that opens the trunk via moving a foot near the rear of the vehicle.

Technology

The 2016 Passat features Volkswagen’s second-generation “modular infotainment platform”, also known as MIB II. The system features touchscreens as standard equipment on all models. On most models, the display utilizes a capacitive touch sensor (similar to smartphone and tablet technology) enabling gesture controls like swiping and pinch-zooming rather than the resistive touchscreens that require pressure and have slightly longer response times. Most MIB II units also feature a proximity sensor, which detects when a hand is nearby and automatically switches its display to allow easier selection of specific features. USB and Bluetooth® connectivity are standard on all 2016 Passat models.

The MIB II system also serves as the foundation for the available Volkswagen Car-Net® system, one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry today. VW Car-Net includes App-Connect technology, featuring the three major smartphone integration platforms—Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. This allows seamless integration with the vast majority of smartphones available today.

Volkswagen also offers a combination of new safety and driver assistance systems in the 2016 Passat. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, standard on all 2016 Passat models, builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—which can cause additional collisions. The system helps address this by applying the brakes after a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping to reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, reduce the chance of additional damage.

Depending on trim level, Passat models come equipped with the following advanced driver assistance systems: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), which actively steers the car back into its lane; and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist). All 2016 Passat models have rearview cameras as standard equipment.

Powertrains

The 2016 Passat is available in the United States with three powertrains: the 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® four cylinder; 2.0-liter TDI®; and the 3.6-liter VR6® engine, which makes 280 horsepower—one of the highest outputs in the midsize sedan class. The 2016 Passat 1.8T has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of 38 mpg with the automatic transmission.

Full pricing for the new 2016 Passat will be available closer to launch later this year, but the 1.8T S model starts at $22,440, which is the same price as the previous base model when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Passat is produced at the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant, the only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program.

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