Volkswagen is undergoing a major storm in the US. It is alleged that its 2.0 L, 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engines have violated emissions regulations. The company will face heavy fines if it will be found guilty.
Nonetheless, the company was not cowered and proceeded to launch updated models of its lines in the US during the New York Auto Show. Among the new models was Volkswagen Passat. The car which has been given the “ 2016 Volkswagen Passat ” name tag has received an extensive redesign both on the outside and the inside. This is in a bid to boost its dwindling fortunes in the US market.
The new 2016 Volkswagen Passat comes with the first ever R-line model which is sportier than its counterparts for the US market. The vehicle will be offered in S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium and the new R-Line trim levels.
2016 Volkswagen Passat Exterior
The new Passat has received some significant remodelling on its exterior compared to the previous model. The front fascia has been revised and the new model features a new sculpted hood design which has stronger character lines.
There is a new grille flanked by LED headlights and taillights. The headlights are slimmer and feature lines that flow to the 4-bar grille. The lower grille has a more rectangular shape than previous models. The bumpers both front and rear have also been upgraded. In addition to the updated rear bumper, the rear also features a chrome strip on the trunk. The strip has given the vehicle a more grounded look and makes the taillights appear lower.
On the sides, the vehicle still features chrome strips around windows, the doors, the roof and also its side stamping remain unchanged from the previous model. The new R-line has a sportier exterior compared to others. It also features a rocker panel, a stylish front bumper, a modified diffuser and will ride on 19-inch anthracite Salvador aluminium-alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40 ZR tyres.
2016 Volkswagen Passat Interior
The cabin which will accommodate five passengers has been upgraded to go with modern trends in the industry. VW has used premium materials to outfit the cabin. There is a chrome and black trim finish. The new model also offers both front and rear heated seats and a new steering wheel.
Standard features include the new MIB II infotainment system which uses capacitive touch sensor for gesture controls. The MIB II is also the foundation of VW’s Car-Net system which features App-connect technology like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and mirrorLink which allows integration of almost every Smartphone. There is also an Easy-Open keyless access to the trunk which requires one to move a foot near the back of the vehicle to open it.
In terms of safety, the Passat is equipped with post-collision braking system as standard for all models. Higher trims and packages will feature forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, parking assist and rear traffic alert.
Engine Specs and Performance
During its launch, VW said that the 2016 Passat would continue with 3 drive-train choices as the outgoing model. The base engine is a 1.8 L, TSI turbocharged 4-cylinder unit. This engine produces 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, new Passat with this engine accelerate 0-60 mph in 7,5 sec and reach top speed of 115 mph. It has an EPA rating of 38 mpg on highway drive. The engine will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and it is not clear if a manual transmission will be offered for the 2016 model.
The second engine is the 3.6 L VR6 which produces 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The third engine is the 2.0 L TDI diesel 4-cylinder engine. However, this engine was among those implicated in the emissions scandal so it is likely that the automaker will hold it until it is cleared of the allegations. In fact, VW has already halted sale of current models equipped with the TDI engines. We remain hopeful that the engine will be available when the car hits deal showrooms.
Price and release date
The base 2016 Volkswagen Passat S has a starting MSRP price of $ 23,260, the R-Line will cost $ 24,795 while the SE attracts a $ 27,000 price tag. The top trim SEL costs $ 33, 315 while the top-of-the-line SEL Premium attracts a $ 37, 655 price tag. The models will hit dealer showrooms later this fall.
Also is offered a hybrid version of the VW Passat, it is a GTE Plug in Hybrid.