This is it folks, the 2015 VW Passat (B8) is here and we are not speaking of a facelift, but a brand new vehicle built on a new platform. The eight-generation of the VW Passat is 85 kg lighter than its predecessor and promises to be 20 percent more fuel-efficient. Volkswagen will offer 10 direct-injection turbo engines, with power ranging from 120 hp to 280 hp.
Also a premiere is the first plug-in hybrid version of the Passat, which uses the 1.4-liter TFSI delivering 156 PS (115 kW) but also an electric motor (108 PS/80 kW) that will offer an electric range of up to 50 km (31 miles). Total output of the hybrid system is 211 PS (155 kW). Using the energy from the 9.9 kWh battery pack and all the gasoline from the fuel tank, the Passat (B8) Hybrid will have a combined range of 965 km (600 miles).
This model will be available with a charging socket located behind the badge on the front grille. As we said, we have plenty of direct-injection engines, such as the two 1.4-liter petrol engines that deliver 125 PS (92 kW) while the other delivers 150 PS (110 kW) and comes with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT). There is also a bigger 1.8-liter TSI engine that generates 180 PS (132 kW).
The 2.0-liter TSI engine is available in two versions, one delivering 220 PS (162 kW), while the other one generates an impressive 280 PS (206 kW), The entry-level 1.6-liter TDI diesel engine delivers 120 PS (88 kW). In addition, Volkswagen offers two versions of the 2.0-liter TDI engine that deliver 150 PS (110 kW) and 190 PS (140 kW). A biturbo version of the 2.0-liter diesel engine delivers 240 PS (176 kW) and 500 Nm of torque form 1,750 rpm.
Regarding the new design, the 2015 Passat (B8) looks like a smaller Phaeton, has a length of 4767 mm (2 mm shorter than its predecessor), while the wheelbase was extended by 79 mm to 2791 mm.
As a result, the front wheels moved 29 mm towards the front bumper, while the rear wheels moved 17 mm towards the rear bumper. This means that the passenger compartment offers 33 mm more space for your leg. Moreover, the Passat (B8) is 14 mm lower (1456 mm) and 12 mm wider (1832 mm).
Just like the model it replaces, the 2015 Passat (B8) will be offered in three versions: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. The Highline is offered as standard with the new LED headlights. Moreover, the Passat B8 comes with daytime running lights and LED taillights.
The Passat (B8) Variant comes with an plenty of trunk space, which was increased by 47 liters to 650 liters. When the seats are folded the volume is increased to 1780 liters. The Sedan offers a trunk space of 586 liters, 21 liters more than its predecessor.
Inside, we find the new Active Information Display, borrowed from the 2015 Audi TT, which takes the Passat to a new level. Moreover, the interior was also revamped, but we will have more details after Volkswagen releases the official info. As you can see from the photos, the interior comes with stylish air vents that are used now as a decorative trim.