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.