With sales of 117,023 Volkswagen Passat units in 2012, there’s no arguing that it is its best sales year ever. That’s why the Passat Performance Concept that will be presented at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is sure to be getting plenty of attention. Volkswagen will be exploring the family sedan’s sportier side.
The most major change is found under the hood. The Passat Performance Concept will be powered by the Volkswagen EA888 1.8 liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI four-cylinder engine, which comes with a distinct change. This engine has an output of 250hp (184 kW) and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The engine is actually already available and is quite popular in the European and Asian markets. The Passat Performance Concept can be differentiated further from the regular Passat with a set of dual exhaust, 19-inch “Luxor” alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights including Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) and LED taillights and carbon applications on its mirror caps.
The interior gets carbon-like touches that dominate the dashboard to go with the carbon-style inserts on two-color leather seating surfaces as well as the black headliner and side pillars. Handling is improved due to a lowered sport suspension and electro-mechanical steering.
New Volkswagen Passat features balanced proportions, which give the vehicle a timeless, dominant, and unique styling. This styling reflects the new VW design DNA that was developed by VW Group Design Chief Walter de Silva and VW Brand Design Director Klaus Bischoff.
VW Passat’s signature clean design, with predominant horizontal body elements, reinforces its position as a sophisticated car in the midsize segment. However, the bottom line is that the Passat looks way more expensive than its actual price.
A strong brand’s core identifying feature is its front end styling. And the Volkswagen Passat showcases a new horizontal brand face that sports a three-blade grille with headlights that form a single unit. This grille is sculpted in 3D shape and stands upright, making a more elegant and distinctive impression in stricter geometry. What’s more, beneath the front bumper of the Passat is a lower intake that is larger and has a striking honeycomb surface, with available corner-illuminating foglights that are housed at each end.
Looking at the Passat’s side profile, its muscular ridge at the sill section produces a great interplay of light reflections. Its powerfully sculpted wheel arches highlight the vehicle’s dynamic properties. And to emphasize its aerodynamic styling, the Passat features roof lines that flow toward its back with an almost-coupe-like cut of its rear window. Meanwhile, three side windows with long and extended glass surface contribute to its luxury-class style.