VW launches Passat R-Line in Germany with starting price of 30,225 Euros

Article by Christian A., on May 5, 2012

The Passat product lineup continues to expand with a completely independent range of equipment to offer the new Volkswagen Passat R-Line. This sporty model comes with a starting price of 30,225 Euros in Germany. The model has a newly designed side skirts and bumper that are set in the R-sporty styling accents.

The large cooling air inlet has the R-Line logo in the grille and incorporated fog lamps. The back of this new Passat R-Line is in the diffuser, which is dominated in "Gloss Black" color. Other features of the vehicle include the dynamically tuned sports suspension, which lowers the ride height by 15 millimeters and the 17-inch titanium silver alloy wheels with 235 mobility tires.

Customers can have 18-inch wheels as an option. In the interior, the Passat R-Line features sports seats in "Kyalami" design as well as the decorative "titanium silver" accents on the dashboard, center console and door panels for added sporty appeal. The steering wheel is clad in sports leather. Moreover, the interior also showcases pedals with stainless steel elements as well as front door sill plates with R-Line logo.

An optional "R line package design" is now available for the Passat and Passat Variant at a price of 990 Euros. This package has the R-line bumper, newly designed side sills in styling, the R-R-Line logo on the radiator grille and the back or roof spoiler in body color.

As one of the most successful automobiles being sold worldwide, approximately 15 million units, the Volkswagen Passat resurrects as a more impressive car than before.

Now the seventh generation since 1973, the styling was totally re-interpreted to reflect the course of technological progress. The VW Passat will launch simultaneously as a saloon and as an estate car. The overall range of technological innovations now implemented in the Passat Trendline (entry-level), Passat Comfortline (mid-level) and Passat Highline (top model) has achieved a level formerly found exclusively in upper and luxury class cars.

Ensuing the front-end fashioning of the Phaeton, the Passat will be presented as its second model whose front end is emphasized by a grille with four crossmembers, approximately matching the height of the headlights.

While the styling of models of Phaeton and Passat was typified by a comparatively narrow radiator grille with two crossmembers, Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group Walter de Silva and Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand Klaus Bischoff intentionally selected this characteristic piece on the radiator grille to highlight the prestige of higher positioned vehicles.

With the re-interpreted design, the VW Passat now follows the new Volkswagen "design DNA."

Its very new front-end design gave the Passat - now as wide as 1,820 mm and 4,769 (Estate: 4,771) mm long – a bolder, more dynamic look.

Although the car has not grown in width, greater presence and visual dynamism was created. The heights of the two versions also stayed the same (with the saloon at 1,474 mm; Estate at 1,519 mm).

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