China’s All-New 2019 VW Passat NMS Goes Official, Could Preview US Model

Following this summer’s leaked photos, the second-generation VW Passat NMS (New Midsize Sedan) for China has been officially unveiled.

Unlike its predecessor, the all-new model switches to the VW Group’s MQB platform and becomes bigger in the process. The sedan now measures 4,933 mm (196.6 in) in length, making it 60-mm (2.3-in) longer than its predecessor and 160-mm (6.3-in) longer than the Euro-spec Passat.

The car is 1,836-mm (72.3-in) wide, 1,469-mm (57.8-in) high, and has a 2,871-mm (113-in) wheelbase. For reference, the distance between the axles is 80-mm (3.1-in) longer than what the European Passat offers. Unlike the Passat sold in Europe, however, the China-spec model does not offer a wagon body style.

The new Passat NMS borrows cues both from the Arteon and the Phideon full-size luxury sedan. It clearly looks more upscale than before, both inside and out, and appears to offer generous legroom for rear passengers. The LED headlights are standard, as are the digital instrument panel and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

Other standard features include power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and Park Assist. The seats are available with heating and ventilation, as well as perforated leather upholstery.

At launch, the 2019 VW Passat NMS offers a 2.0-liter TSI engine in two states of tune: 186 PS (183 hp) and 220 PS (217 hp). Both units feature a seven-speed DSG transmission. For some reason, the more powerful version sports the “380 TSI” badge in China.

Later on, customers will also be able to buy a plug-in hybrid version combining a 1.4-liter TSI engine with an electric motor. Said model will offer a system output of 211 PS (208 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of combined torque.

As with its predecessor, China’s Passat will be built by the SAIC-VW joint venture. It remains to be seen how similar North America’s VW Passat will be to the Chinese model. The automaker announced that the all-new model would arrive next year in the United States.

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  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Not gonna lie… that doesn’t look half-bad!

    Better looking than the mundane Jetta too.

  • charlotteharry57

    I was expecting the new US Passat to be a larger-scale Jetta and this fits the bill. Getting a bit large to be called midsize anymore, though. As far as engines for the US, who knows?

  • charlie bear

    Way much better than the US Passat, Please VW bring this to the US.

  • designer_dick

    This is probably roughly similar to the US Passat VW will start assembling in Chattanooga next year, with one key difference – the American version will probably have a substantially cheapened interior.

    • Able

      The previous US and Chinese Passat is identical and I’d say that this one will be too, save for the engines, orange reflectors and red rear turn signals.

    • TheHake

      If Americans were willing to pay the premium for a better interior, VW’s would have done that.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Not really. I’ve been in plenty of Euro Passats as taxis and their interiors are still the same old VW plastics and finishes. I don’t know why everybody is under the impression the Euro Passat is so much better. It may offer more kit, but it’s still the same VW protocol. And frankly, the NA Passat look stout and beefy compared to the rest of the world’s that looks kinda anonymous and flacid. This new one looks like pumped Jetta at best.

  • Wis

    I assume the EU facelift in 2019 will look very similar to this one, given its rumored (and here included) Tuareg-like new front-design. Looks good.

  • DM

    VW needs to redesign all their shift knobs. I like that they used a new one on this Passat but it still looks massive, and all North American market VWs still use the same old huge one from 10 years ago.

  • sidewaysspin

    It looks like it’s going to float away.

  • American model will be the same except it will be decontented and with cheap interior furnishings.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Not bad.

  • Jason Panamera

    Interior like in Jetta. But Chinese people like Volkswagens so, it’s for them.

  • IT’S A NICE LOOKING CAR, INSIDE AND OUT.

  • RDS Alphard

    Why the ride height looks like an off-road vehicle?

  • Bash

    The photos are so beautiful and nice that I almost thought it’s the phaeton.

  • TheHake

    Americans don’t want to pay for the more-expensive-to-build Euro Passat.

  • Sally

    Will anyone care if they buy a made in china car?

  • Roland Fairwater

    I thought America’s ‘new’ Passat was going to be a warmed-over version of the current car, which has been on the market since 2011. Maybe this is a misprint, or perhaps I’m mistaken. Anyhow, this looks a lot nicer, but I think they should just bring back the Passat Euro and call it good. The Passat Alltrack wagon would probably take a huge chunk out of the Subaru Outback’s market. The Golf Alltrack did really well, so I think there’s a case for bringing over its bigger brother as well.

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