With sales of 117,023 Volkswagen Passat units in 2012, there’s no arguing that it is its best sales year ever. That’s why the Passat Performance Concept that will be presented at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is sure to be getting plenty of attention. Volkswagen will be exploring the family sedan’s sportier side.
The most major change is found under the hood. The Passat Performance Concept will be powered by the Volkswagen EA888 1.8 liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI four-cylinder engine, which comes with a distinct change. This engine has an output of 250hp (184 kW) and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The engine is actually already available and is quite popular in the European and Asian markets. The Passat Performance Concept can be differentiated further from the regular Passat with a set of dual exhaust, 19-inch “Luxor” alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights including Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) and LED taillights and carbon applications on its mirror caps.
The interior gets carbon-like touches that dominate the dashboard to go with the carbon-style inserts on two-color leather seating surfaces as well as the black headliner and side pillars. Handling is improved due to a lowered sport suspension and electro-mechanical steering.