German auto major Volkswagen has launched
the much awaited luxury sedan Passat in India for Rs 29.99 lakh (ex-showroom)
for the Comfortline trim and Rs 32.99 lakh for the Highline trim. Based on the
MQB platform, the Passat is the next big launch for the brand after the Tiguan
SUV. The VW Passat was first showcased in the 2014 Paris Motor show, it has
finally made its way to Indian shores after 3 years.
Volkswagen has tweaked the design and looks
of the new Passat and it now looks more stylish than before. With shorter
overhangs, the overall length of the sedan has been decreased by 2mm however
the wheelbase has been increased by 79mm. The new Passat is also wider by 12mm
and the sedan's height has also been dropped by 14mm. Another dimensional
change is the increase in boot space which now stands at 586 litres opposed to
the previous 560 litres.
The new VW Passat is distinctly Volkswagen,
the sedan gets a chrome finished three slat grille upfront housed between LED
headlamps with DRLs and a Dynamic Light Assist feature. Speaking of features the new Passat also gets
a 12.3 inch TFT display for the instrument cluster and a touch screen
infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. VW has also included
features like Park Assist and Heads Up Display on the new Passat.
Powering the new Volkswagen Passat is a 2.0
litre, 4 cylinder, TDI diesel mill which turns around 176bhp. The engine comes
mated to a 6-speed automatic DSG transmission. The sedan will go up against the
likes of the Skoda Superb, Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.
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