VW officially announced today that the 2015 Passat (B8) will make its public debut in October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Of course, you already knew that as we told you here, but the German carmaker also announced that the new car will be unveiled in July. As expected, the 2015 Passat (B8) will arrive with plenty of new technologies and features.
Thanks to the extensive use of advanced materials, such as hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas, the next-generation Passat will be 85 kg lighter than the model it replaces, which translates into fuel-efficiency improvements of up to 20 percent. The 2015 VW Passat will be a little bit smaller than the previous model but will offer improved interior space as well as more space for your luggage.
Also new for the 2015MY Passat is a high-performance four-cylinder 2.0-liter biturbo diesel engine that delivers 240 hp and 500 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. The engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. In addition, a plug-in hybrid model will be available too, promising a 31 miles (50 km) electric range and a maximum range of almost 600 miles or 965 km.
Other highlights of the 2015 Passat include the Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display, a heads-up display, the latest Modular Infotainment System, including the Car-Net remote app, a further-developed 360-degree Area View function, and the latest generation of Park Assist.
The latest generation Park Assist also comes with the option for the car to park itself forwards into perpendicular spaces. It is also offered with the world-first Trailer Assist, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached.
Furthermore, the 2015 Passat (B8) is fitted with Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection. Volkswagen will offer the new Passat with LED taillights, while the headlights will be halogen or LED.
For more than four decades and for eight generations (B1 to B8), Volkswagen has been working to perfect the VW Passat. The B designation of the Passat reveals the fact that the Passat belongs to the B-segment as one of the mid-class cars. With the number indicating the generation of the Passat, the B1 of 1973 was the primary inspiration for the styling of the B8, and so were the B5 (1996), B6 (2005) and B7 (2010).
The fifth generation of the Passat marked a new milestone for the B-segment model from Germany, as the B5 combines the high level of comfort, outstanding everyday elements and generous space of the previous generations with the higher levels of quality and design. This allows the Passat to lead its class and become the most successful business car. Both the B6 and B7 were able to build on this success. Now the Passat -- as well as its derivatives made for the respective markets in China and America – is VW’s most successful car with over 1.1 million units built.
Taking note of the remarkable success of the Passat, the design team lead by Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head of Design, took on the challenge on making one of the best-selling cars in the world more visually attractive. Bischoff’s team arrived at a clear answer: "Breathtaking proportions." The design team didn’t meet extreme difficulty in achieving this objective, as the modular transverse matrix (MQB) provided the most suitable design platform.
Despite being nearly as long as its immediate predecessors, the wheelbase of the B8 expanded by 79 mm while both the front and rear wheels were now larger and positioned further out to the sides. This allowed designers to shorten the front overhangs while making the Passat lower and wider.