2020 VW Passat Looks Sportacular In New Teasers – But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up Too High

Volkswagen is gearing up to introduce the 2020 Passat at the North American International Auto Show and the company has released the first sketches of the heavily updated sedan.

Looking sportier than its predecessor, the 2020 Passat has a larger grille that flows into sweptback headlights. We can also see a more aggressive front bumper with air intakes that have black surrounds.

Moving further back, the car has been equipped with a flatter hood, pronounced wheel arches and more dynamic bodywork. The model also features stylish character lines unlike its generic predecessor.

Designers worked to improve the rear of the Passat by giving it a sportier bumper and an all-new trunk with an integrated spoiler. We can also see modern taillights and chrome exhaust tips.

Volkswagen didn’t release interior sketches, but previous reports have suggested the Passat will have an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. However, the model could eschew a digital instrument.

Under the hood, drivers will find a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has been upgraded to produce 174 hp (129 kW / 176 PS) and 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque. It will be connected to a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels.

The 3.6-liter VR6 engine – which produced 280 hp (208 kW / 283 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque – was dropped from the 2019 Passat and reports have indicated it won’t be offered on the 2020 model either.

While the Passat will have an all-new look, it will ride on the same platform as its predecessor and retain its 110.4 inch (2,804 mm) wheelbase. This effectively means the 2020 Passat is an eight-year old car hiding underneath a new wrapper.

That’s pretty disappointing, but sedan sales are declining in the United States and it’s possible that Volkswagen couldn’t justify building an all-new model. Carsalesbase data shows Volkswagen only sold 60,722 Passats in the United States last year and 2018 sales will be even worse.  This is a significant decline from six years ago when the company sold 117,023 units.

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  • Craig

    The only time a VW looks OK is in a cartoon. Perhaps VW should just make cartoons!

  • Rani

    How the Passat should’ve looked from the get-go.

  • Mr. EP9

    It will probably be watered down come production and be boring as usual.

  • ThisDecepticonWillFU

    I like how this new VW Passat looks just like the new VW Touareg that the North American market is not getting.

  • charlie bear

    The only bright side here is that they are finally getting rid of the actual boring car.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    In the US, the VW Passat holds the #1 title for mass produced vehicle with the worst resale value after 5 years. The BMW 5 Series is #2.

    I wouldn’t EVER buy one of these new.

  • sigma7777777
    • NoMan2015

      This has zero to do with the Passat, why are you posting that here?

      • no25

        exactly. and who even cares about a Sentra?

    • Looks promising and infinitely more interesting than the Passat haha

  • NoMan2015

    Seriously, why are no sites, you guys included, not providing comparison pictures of the Chinese-market 2019 Passat, which is basically identical to the spy shots we’ve seen of the U.S.-spec at their testing facility and these sketches? All of this speculation and analysis over sketches when we’ve ALREADY SEEN what it will end up looking like!

    • It’s a news embargo. They have the pics because they have seen and driven pre-production models. However, they can’t release until it is officially unveiled in January at Detroit.

      • NoMan2015

        They can at least make the observation that the rest of us can: “these teasers look quite similar to the already revealed 2019 Passat in China.”

  • Do they also have renderings of cheap, hard interior plastics that we know will be everywhere?

    • NoMan2015

      Google 2019 Passat China, you’ll find the interior right away.

      • Puddingpopper

        lol i’d say thats it inside and out

  • Able

    Interesting that you make a point about the platform being the same as the old one. Why was that point not made about the new Evoque’s platform (which dates back to 2002)?

    • Miknik

      Acutally the Evoque platform is derived form the C1 platform, but is probably more directly a 2006/7 platform, derived from Freelander II and Volvo XC70/60; Still, old one;

      But the Passat NMS was one of the last cars on the PQ35 platfomr of VAG before they started to switch everything to MQB starting in 2012 with the Audi A3, so it can trace the platform also back to 2002 and the first Touran; SO, old as well;

  • Six_Tymes

    nice design. I wonder if they will offer the Pre-Production Cars at a discount, or will they sell them at full price, again? haha

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