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.