It seems as if Volkswagen just can’t wait to show us the eighth generation of its European Passat, which will be offered in many markets around the globe, but not in North America where it will continue to sell the locally made model.
Draped in a silky robe, the 2015 Passat doesn’t reveal much about itself in this latest picture other than the outline of its available all-LED headlights, which is just one of the many new features that will be introduced on VW’s Ford Mondeo and Skoda Octavia competitor.
We’re expecting to see the first photos of the new Passat in July, before the car’s world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
VW’s new mid-size model will include both sedan and estate variants based on the group’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform that helps reduce weight by as much as 85kg (187 pounds) over the current Passat.
Other notable highlights include the 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster that will also display data from the new infotainment system (just like the new Audi TT), a new 2.0-liter TDI diesel rated at 240PS (237hp) and a 211PS (208hp) plug-in hybrid variant comprising a 1.4-liter TSI petrol and an electric motor.
By John Halas