In typical VW fashion, the European version of the Passat has received subtle styling updates for its mid-cycle refresh.
On the outside, the midsize sedan and wagon bring new bumpers, a revised front grille, a sportier dual exhaust system, three-dimensional LED taillights, and optional LED matrix headlights or, in VW-speak, IQ.Light. New wheels and colors round off the exterior updates.
Inside, there is an updated dashboard with a new steering wheel and new MIB3 infotainment systems with larger screens. Elsewhere in the cabin, the 2019 Passat gets updated upholstery and new trim finishes.
But the biggest changes are skin-deep and involve new and updated gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains, as well as more advanced driver assistance systems including the Travel Assist Level 2 semi-autonomous driving system.
If you want to learn more about the facelifted VW Passat the following video is a good start. Autogefühl attended a technology workshop in Germany and made an in-depth video presentation of the 2019 Passat that includes everything, from the styling updates, the tech upgrade, and the new engines.
The video presents in great detail three different Passat models: the GTE plug-in hybrid, which now offers a greater all-electric driving range, the sporty R-Line, and the more rugged Alltrack jacked-up estate.
While the Passat GTE is more efficient than ever and now covers 34 miles (55 km) in all-electric mode thanks to a larger 13 kWh battery, it’s worth noting that VW continues to rely on diesel engines. The 2019 Passat offers four different oil-burners, including a 2.0-liter unit with 150 PS (148 hp) that belongs to the new EA288 Evo family and comes with a mild hybrid system.
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