We first showed you the redesigned 2011 Volkswagen Passat B7 at its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show earlier this month, but thanks to the German automaker, we now have a plethora of new images that were released as the car goes on sale across Europe.
Available in both sedan and station wagon forms, the B7 Passat will be offered with a total of ten diesel and petrol engines ranging from the efficient 1.6-liter TDI with 105HP and a combined fuel consumption of 4.2 lt/100 km [56 mpg US] to a 300HP V6 unit combined with all-wheel drive that accelerates the saloon from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in just 5.5 seconds. For details on the engine range, scroll down for the release.
We'll remind you that VW won't offer the latest Passat in the States where it will be replaced by the forthcoming NMS (New Midsize Sean), which will be built at the firm's new factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Press Release: Engine Range & Transmissions
TSI and V6 / Petrol and Natural Gas Direct-Injection Engines – Five Charged Four Cylinder Engines and One Six Cylinder
The petrol engines of the Passat output 90 kW / 122 PS (1.4 TSI), 118 kW / 160 PS (1.8 TSI), 155 kW / 211 PS (2.0 TSI) and 220 kW / 300 PS (V6). The top engine has six cylinders, while all other petrol engines are charged four cylinders. Also charged is a 1.4 TSI with 110 kW / 150 PS that is configured for natural gas (EcoFuel). A derivative of the 1.4 TSI is the MultiFuel engine (118 kW / 160 PS) that is designed for use with petrol fuel with up to 85 percent ethanol content.
1.4 TSI with 90 kW / 122 PS
The 1.4 TSI with optional BlueMotion Technology is the most fuel-efficient petrol engine. It outputs 90 kW / 122 PS (at 5,000 rpm), and in the BlueMotion version it only consumes 5.9 l/100 km (or 138 g/km). The turbocharged TSI develops its maximum torque of 200 Newton-metres between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. The four cylinder enables a top speed of 205 km/h (Estate: 202 km/h). The Passat saloon handles the classic 0-100 km/h sprint in 10.3 seconds (Estate: 10.6 seconds). This engine version is available with an optional seven-speed DSG.
1.8 TSI with 118 kW / 160 PS
The 1.8 TSI develops its maximum power of 118 kW / 160 PS from 5,000 rpm. On this four cylinder engine, the development team reduced combined fuel consumption from the previous model's 7.4 l/100 km to 6.9 l/100 km on the new model; the CO2 value attained here is 160 g/km. The turbocharged four cylinder is exceptionally torque-strong (maximum of 250 Newton-metres between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm). With this engine, the saloon reaches 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds (Estate: 8.7 seconds); its top speed is 220 km/h (Estate: 218 km/h). The TSI can be combined with a seven-speed DSG as an option.
2.0 TSI with 155 kW / 211 PS
The fuel economy improvement on the 2.0 TSI with 155 kW / 211 PS (previously 200 PS) is significant; this turbo engine now has a combined fuel consumption of 7.2 l/100 (Estate is also 7.2 l/100 km), which is 0.6 litre less than on the previous model. Accordingly, CO2 emissions were reduced from 183 to 169 g/km. The large TSI, which debuted in the Golf GTI, develops its peak power from 5,300 rpm. Its maximum torque of 280 Newton-metres lies between 1,700 rpm and 5,000 rpm. The Passat 2.0 TSI can move at a fast 238 km/h (Estate: 235 km/h). The saloon handles the sprint to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds (Estate: 7.7 seconds). Available as a special option here is a six-speed DSG.
V6 4MOTION with 220 kW / 300 PS
The combined fuel consumption of the top version - the Passat V6 with 300 PS and 4MOTION all-wheel drive - now comes in significantly lower at 9.3 l/100 km (previous saloon: 9.8 litres). The new CO2 value is 215 g/km (Estate: 215 g/km). The six cylinder engine develops its maximum power of 220 kW / 300 PS at 6,600 rpm, its maximum torque of 350 Newton-metres is available at 2,400 rpm. The six cylinder accelerates the saloon to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds (Estate: 5.7 seconds). In both body versions, the car's top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. Shifting work is performed by a six-speed DSG as standard equipment.
1.4 TSI EcoFuel with 110 kW / 150 PS
One of the lowest emitting models of the medium class is the Passat EcoFuel; in the new version, a combined fuel consumption of 6.6 m3 natural gas per 100 km has been determined (Estate: 6.7 m3 per 100 km); this corresponds to CO2 emissions of just 117 g/km (Estate: 119 g/km) and a 0.4 m3 reduction in fuel consumption. Thanks to dual charging by turbo and supercharging (Twincharger), the Passat EcoFuel is considered one of the sportiest natural gas vehicles in the world. The saloon can move at a fast 214 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds; values for the Estate version are 212 km/h and 9.9 seconds.
1.4 TSI MultiFuel with 118 kW / 160 PS
Based on the twincharged 1.4 TSI, a 118 kW / 160 PS MultiFuel Twincharger was developed especially for use in Sweden and Norway. This petrol engine can be operated with fuel that has an ethanol content of up to 85 percent. Fuel economy and driving performance values will be announced at market launch in Scandinavia.
TDI and BlueTDI / Diesel Direct Injection Engines – Four Charged Common Rail Four Cylinder Engines
Four turbodiesel engines are being offered at three power levels; the four cylinder engines output 77 kW / 105 PS (1.6 TDI), 103 kW / 140 PS (2.0 TDI and 2.0 BlueTDI) and 125 kW / 170 PS (2.0 TDI).
1.6 TDI with 77 kW / 105 PS
The most fuel-efficient version of the new Passat is the 1.6 TDI BlueMotion with 77 kW / 105 PS (from 4,400 rpm) and 250 Newton-metres torque (from 1,500 rpm). In the previous model, this engine already delivered fabulously low fuel consumption values. An aerodynamically perfected design, additional internal engine fine-tuning and technologies such as the Stop/Start system and battery regeneration have reduced fuel consumption in the new Passat BlueMotion (Saloon) by 0.2 litre to 4.2 l/100 km; that is equivalent to a CO2 value of 109 g/km (Estate: 4.4 l/100 km and 114 g/km). The Passat 1.6 TDI BlueMotion has a top speed of 195 km/h and accelerates to 100 km/h in 12.2 seconds. Values for the Passat Estate with this engine are 193 km/h and 12.5 seconds.
2.0 TDI with 103 kW / 140 PS
Fuel consumption was also reduced on the Passat 2.0 TDI with BlueMotion Technology that outputs 103 kW / 140 PS from 4,200 rpm; 4.6 litres (equivalent to 119 g/km CO2) nearly matches the value of the 105-PS BlueMotion model of the previous generation. The 2.0 TDI BlueMotion Technology can call upon 320 Newton-metres of torque from 1,750 rpm, reaches 100 km/h in 9.8 seconds and has a top speed of 213 km/h. The Estate also has a combined fuel consumption of 4.6 litres and 120 g/km CO2 emissions. This estate car accelerates to 100 km/h in 10.0 seconds and attains a top speed of 210 km/h. Optional: a six-speed DSG.
2.0 TDI with 125 kW / 170 PS
The combined fuel consumption of the strongest Passat TDI with 125 kW / 170 PS is 4.6 l/100 km (120 g/km CO2) as a saloon – this is 0.9 litre less than on the previous model. The 170 PS Passat Variant TDI consumes 4.7 l/100 km (123 g/km CO2). This TDI also operates with common rail injection. Its maximum power lies at 4,200 rpm. Between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, the engine develops its maximum torque of 350 Newton-metres – sufficient power and force to accelerate the Passat to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds (Estate: 8.8 seconds). The car's top speed is 227 km/h (Estate: 224 km/h). Like the 140-PS version, the strongest TDI may also be ordered with a six-speed DSG.
2.0 BlueTDI with 103 kW / 140 PS
One of the lowest emitting turbodiesels in the world is used in the Passat 2.0 BlueTDI. In the Passat, the 103 kW / 140 PS (previously 143 PS) engine already meets requirements of the Euro-6 emissions standard, which does not take effect until 2014. To further reduce levels of nitrogen oxides, this Passat is equipped with a standard SCR catalytic converter. In the new generation of the Passat 2.0 BlueTDI, fuel consumption has been reduced by an additional 0.6 litre to just 4.7 l/100 km (equivalent to 122 g/km CO2). These values apply to both the saloon and the Estate.
The sixteen-valve four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 1,968 cm3 develops its maximum power at 4,200 rpm. 320 Newton-metres maximum torque is already available from 1,750 rpm. These key parameters let the turbo engine accelerate the Passat to 100 km/h in just 9.9 seconds; its top speed is 213 km/h. (Estate: 10.0 seconds and 210 km/h). Volkswagen also offers the Passat BlueTDI with an optional six-speed DSG.
SCR Catalytic Converter
The SCR catalytic converter of the Passat BlueTDI together with the additive AdBlue selectively converts nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the exhaust stream into nitrogen and water. This is in addition to an oxidation catalytic converter and diesel particulate filter which are also used to reduce the entire range of emissions. AdBlue is carried in an auxiliary tank. It is sprayed into the exhaust stream by a module downstream of the diesel particulate filter and oxidations catalytic converter. The fluid is metered according to the exhaust mass flow rate. Engine management ensures precise control based on information from the NOx sensor.
Finely atomised by a screen, the urea is converted in the hot exhaust gases upstream of the SCR catalytic converter. In the SCR unit, it reacts with the nitrogen oxides, which it converts to nitrogen and water. AdBlue is nontoxic, odourless and biodegradable; the average consumption rate is about 0.1 litre per 100 kilometres.
Six and Seven-speed DSG – Efficient Dual Clutch Gearboxes
Except for the TDI with 77 kW / 105 PS, any of the other engines of the new Passat may be combined with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG). This is a six-speed or seven-speed DSG, depending on the engine's torque. Both DSG versions are characterised by maximum economy and dynamic shifting performance never before realised to this degree. Besides differing in the number of forward gears, the two DSG units also differ technically in the types of clutches used. While two dry clutches operate in the seven-speed DSG, the dual clutches of the six-speed DSG operate wet in an oil bath. This is true of both gearboxes: Even highly experienced drivers cannot approach the shifting speeds of the DSG gearboxes. More than any other automatic, the dual clutch gearboxes also have the potential to reduce fuel consumption and thereby emissions. Compared to an automatic with torque-converter clutch, this advantage may amount to up to twenty percent depending on the engine.
Meanwhile, the two DSG versions are specialists at their given tasks. While the six-speed DSG shows excellent performance with torque-strong engines (up to 350 Newton-metres) thanks to its broad torque range, the seven-speed DSG is especially well adapted for use with smaller engines (up to 250 Newton-metres).