Volkswagen plans on giving the eighth generation Passat a mid-life refresh, with the unveiling taking place in the coming months.
Announced during the company’s annual media conference by Chairman Herbert Diess, the 2019 Volkswagen Passat is part of an offensive that counts 22 new models this year, including 9 aimed solely at the Chinese market.
“The redesigned Passat is on the starting blocks for Europe. As usual, the Passat will also be available as Variant and hybrid models. And at the end of the year, our compact city SUV, the T-Cross, is to follow”, said Diess without revealing further information about the European Passat.
Unlike its North American counterpart, the B8 generation rides on the MQB platform, shared with a multitude of vehicles within the Group. The new facelifted version will likely bring redesigned lighting units on both ends, some minor revisions in the cabin, and probably a few technical upgrades.
Meanwhile, a fully electric version of the new-gen Jetta will be launched in China later this year, using the Bora moniker. It will join the e-Golf, which is now produced locally, and a plug-in hybrid version of the long-wheelbase Tiguan.
Of course, one of the most anticipated vehicles of the year is the new generation Touareg, set to be presented on March 23. The automaker’s push will continue with the T-Roc Cabriolet, scheduled to arrive at the beginning of 2020.
Note: 2017 Passat model shown