VW will launch the all the new Passat on the 29th March. The new Passat is based on the same platform, but gets a heavy facelift. It’s now 4 mm longer than the old model and will come with a diesel and petrol engine options. This week, an eagle-eyed photographer has caught the new Passat testing in Pune.
There’s very little that can be gleaned from the spy shots since they are taken in the dark. But the photos prove that the new Passat is the same model that’s being sold in the U.K! Take a look for yourself.
Volkswagen has incorporated the new family grille in the new Passat, which now looks similar to the Phaeton. It also has chrome-tipped horizontal lines and the sharp-looking tail lamps – with elegant turn indicators and a large red glowing area – emphasize the German brand’s new design language. The new Passat will also be a bit longer at 4,769 mm (compared to the current model’s 4,765 mm) and the height, too, has been reduced marginally (2mm). Inside, fit and finish levels will be vastly improved and there will be plenty of chrome!
In India, the 2011 Passat will be offered in a 2.0 TDI diesel and 1.8 TSI petrol options with more power and torque. The 1.8-litre TSI petrol engine will produce 157.8 bhp of maximum power and 250 Nm of maximum torque (the same as the existing Passat). The 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, on the other hand, will produce 168 bhp of maximum power and have a claimed top speed of 224 km/hr. Also VW will launch the DSG transmission option in the Passat.
The price of the next-generation Volkswagen Passat is not yet available but it will be marginally higher than the current model, which is priced at Rs 22.38 lakh. By the way, in the UK the new Passat starts at £18,875 (Rs 13.78 lakh). Factor in costs for importing and assembling the car here and you’ll get the picture.
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Source – AutoCarIndia