As of the beginning of November 2000, Volkswagen will offer a new
generation of the Passat model. The Passat, which is positioned in the
premium segment of the upper mid-class, has received numerous technical
and stylistic modifications. Five of the eight engines in the programme
are new. The range of performance of the five petrol engines and the
three turbo-diesel direct injection engines extends from 74 kW / 100 bhp
to 142 kW / 193 bhp.
The front and rear ends of the Passat have been completely redesigned.
Two independent body levels have been created by the Volkswagen
designers in the areas of the radiator and the headlight housing. The
chrome radiator has been pulled way forward to become a defining design
element and joins together with the powerful lines of the bumper in the
lower area to become one unit. The form of the radiator is continued
further up on the V-formed bonnet. The current model has a more dynamic,
but also more elegant appeal. At the sides, the double headlights with
optional bi-xenon light integrated in a clear glass housing complete the
Head designer Hartmut Warkuß's team also designed the rear end. The
rear lights now fill the entire rear wing end. The unmistakable
appearance of the vehicle can be recognised even at night due to the two
lenses incorporated into each headlight, which are also made of a fully
transparent material. Clear and timeless lines also characterise the new
boot lid and the rear apron which continues down to the rear wheel
housings. Depending on the equipment levels chosen, fine chrome strips
running round the vehicle lend the Passat a luxury quality.
With modifications to the equipment, the Passat, which has also
received alterations to the interior, will be available at a lower price
than its predecessor. The basic model has, up to now, cost considerably
less than DM 40,000, which is less than comparable cars made by
competitors in the premium segment.
The Passat, which is available both as a saloon and an estate, was
the most successful model in its class in Europe according to the
figures for the last complete year. The new generation will continue
with this trend. Important components in this success are further
improvements to quality, an extremely high safety level, a superior
amount of space for its segment and a comprehensive range of engines.
The three new petrol engines have an output of 75 kW / 101 bhp, 85 kW /
115 bhp and 125 kW / 170 bhp. The new TDI engines have an output of 74
kW / 100 bhp and 96 kW / 130 bhp.
(August 16, 2000)