We already know that Volkswagen is working hard on the next-generation Passat, one of its most popular models in its lineup, and this weekend we managed to talk with one of the people involved in the development of the new German vehicle. We found out that the 2015 Volkswagen Passat B8 will make its world debut in October, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
This might not be a surprise for most of our readers, as the seventh-generation Passat was also revealed at the Paris Motor Show, back in 2010. According to our source, the 2015 Vw Passat will get a longer wheelbase (length increased by 7 inches – which means more interior space for the rear passengers), but the length of the car will remain almost the same.
For those who don’t know, the current Vw Passat has a length of 4,769 mm (Estate model 4,771 mm). As expected, the 2015 Passat will use Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform and the lineup will include four models: the sedan, a new CC, CC Shooting Brake and the traditional Estate. Thanks to the new MQB modular platform, the next-generation Passat will be at least 90 kg lighter than the current version, which means better fuel-economy and less CO2 emissions.
Comparing it with the outgoing model, the new Passat will be wider, while the new design will definitely set it apart from its predecessor. Our source confirmed the fact that the new Passat will be inspired by the CrossBlue and Sportsvan concept cars. A more sportier look will be seen on the new Passat CC. Most of the engines that will be used by the new German vehicle will actually be borrowed from the popular Golf.
Still, there are rumors that we will see a new twin-turbo 2.0-liter diesel engine that will generate over 200 hp. A Passat R high-performance model is also a possibility and it will use a 2.0-liter TSI petrol engine as well as an electric motor.
The hybrid system, similar to the one seen on the CrossBlue Coupe Concept, could develop around 400 hp. Customers who are looking for a really fuel-efficient model, will get the Passat Hybrid, a model powered by a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine and by an electric motor, which takes its energy from a lithium-ion battery pack. Expect the new Passat to go on sale in early 2015!