Volkswagen’s CrossPassat is arriving in 2012, according to a report from German publication AutoBild. This indicates that the estate version of the 2012 Passat is entering the advanced stages of development. So far, the car has never been spied being tested in camouflage.
The much-awaited CrossPassat comes after the arrival of boosted versions of its regular cars like the CrossPolo, CrossGolf and CrossTourer. The styling of these new models has updated.
This vehicle features the 4Motion AWD system but at the same time, it has the capacity to store all the basics for an entire month of camping. Its suspension will be raised significantly to offer additional ground clearance.
Meanwhile, the usual plastic body cladding serves to protect as well as offer an appearance that’s more rugged. The jacked-up estate will receive better underbody protection, and its bumpers will be reinforced. Nothing official has been released with regards to the engines.
However, it’s believed that 2.0-liter TDI will be the mainstay, with 1.4-liter petrol engines seen at the rear. This car is admittedly odd-looking but it’s expected to sell well because of its practicality.
One problem is that the plastic typically used on a Cross model will not be a good fit to the Passat’s new-found clean design language.
The new 2012 Passat Volkswagen is a luxury mid-size sedan that sets new benchmarks in its segment. It not only has the comfort and space typically associated with the full-size version, but has the trunk space and even the best rear-seat legroom for its class, to match it. Manufactured in its facility located in Chattanooga, Tenn., the company has made sure it remains to be committed to be environmentally aware.
One significant process done at this facility is that the painting process does not use any filler resulting in CO2 emissions lowered by as much as 20%. In fact, the TDI version of the Passat is considered as the only diesel option in its class to be clean. Fuel efficiency has been estimated at highway of 43 miles for every gallon when paired with manual transmission. Total range on one full tank is around 800 miles, that’s a trip from Seattle to San Francisco, or Chicago to New York.
Volkswagen does not stop there as the 5-cylinder 2012 Passat has a $19,995 MSRP. This comes with the usual features like Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and audio controls placed on the steering wheel. Maintenance is not an issue considering that the 2012 Passat is covered under the brand’s Carefree Maintenance three-year/36,000-mile no-charge program. As a result of the balanced proportions, the 2012 Passat is able to offer that dominant, distinct, and ageless style.
This is the same design DNA that Walter de Silva made for the brand. For those not familiar, de Silva is Volkswagen Group’s Italian design chief. His counterpart in Germany is Volkswagen Brand design leader Klaus Bischoff. On its exterior, it has that trademark clean design dominated by horizontal body elements. This highlights the position of the 2012 Passat as the classy choice when it comes to the mid-size segment.
In fact when you look at the bottom line, it gives this vehicle a look as if it is more expensive that it should be. The front end comes with a new horizontal brand face and combines with the headlights and the three-blade grille to result in a single unit. This is a testament of just how strong this brand is. Specifically, its most important identifying feature is how the front end is styled. Going to the grille, it has a three-dimensional shape that’s made to stand more upright.
The use of a firmer geometry gives it that elegant and unique impression. Under the bumper in the front is the lower intake that has a noticeable honeycomb surface. At each end of the bumper are the corner-illuminating foglights. Going to its side, by having a muscular crease in its sill area, it results in a lively interaction of light reflections. Highlighting further its dynamic properties are the wheel arches that have been powerfully sculpted.
Since the roof line goes to the back and does a cut on the rear window similar to a coupe, it reinforces the car’s aerodynamic style. Its three side windows, plus the extended glass surface, give it that luxury level style. Similar to the front section, the rear end is mostly composed of horizontal lines. The large taillights have lines that go up to its sides helping accentuate the elegant style of the dynamics of the rear portion.
The rear end also has a distinct feature which is how the two-part taillight was designed so that it will be integrated to the trunk lid and the rear fender. When talking about the exterior, it is always good to include the dimensions considering that this four-door model may well be the largest Passat to come out form Volkswagen. Total length is 191.6 inches with width at 72.2 inches. Wheelbase is 110.4 inches which answers the question as to how the rear seat offers generous space.