Starting today, customers in selected European countries can pre-order their facelifted 2020 VW Passat.
The mid-life update has given the midsize model subtle styling tweaks, new drive systems and running gear, a new-generation infotainment system (MIB3), as well as new driver assistance systems.
The trim level structure has been modified as well for Europe’s 2020 Passat. Depending on the market, the range kicks off with the basic version called simply Passat, continues with the mid-range Business grade, and is topped by the Elegance trim level.
Business and Elegance can also be had with the R-Line customization package. In addition to these versions, the facelifted Passat continues to offer high-riding Alltrack and plug-in hybrid GTE model. All 2020 Passat models bring more standard features including LED headlights with LED DRLs, side lights and turn signals, LED taillights, infotainment systems with an integrated SIM card (for online functions), “We Connect” (online services), Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Assist.
Optional features include the DCC adaptive chassis control system, interactive IQ.LIGHT – LED matrix headlights and the new Travel Assist semi-autonomous driving system, among many other things.
VW offers a total of five engine choices at the start of pre-sales. There are two 2.0-liter TSI gasoline engines with 190 PS (187 hp) and 272 PS (268 hp), respectively, and three diesel engines: a 1.6-liter TDI with 120 PS (118 hp), a 2.0-liter TDI with 190 PS (187 hp), and a 2.0-liter TDI biturbo with 240 PS (237 hp). All five engines come with a particulate filter and meet the Euro 6d-Temp emission standard.
Later on, customers will also be able to order the updated Passat GTE, the new Passat 2.0 TDI Evo with mild hybrid assistance, and the Passat 1.5 TSI Evo. The big news about the 218 PS (215 hp) GTE model is that it now offers a greater electric range thanks to a larger 13 kWh lithium-ion battery: up to 55 km/34 miles (wagon) and 57 km/35 miles (sedan) in the WLTP cycle. The 150 PS (148 hp) Passat 2.0 TDI Evo heralds VW’s new generation of diesel engines and brings lower CO2 emissions than its predecessor.
Prices in Germany start at €34,720 (approximately $39,100) for the Passat saloon in 1.6 TDI 120 PS (118 hp) guise, with the corresponding Passat wagon model priced from €35,825 ($40,300). The most expensive model (at least until pricing for the Passat GTE is announced) is the Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI 240 PS (237 hp), which retails for €50,795 ($57,200).