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New Report Reveals New Details On Next Generation Volkswagen Passat

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On: Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 12:30PM | By: Carl Malek

New Report Reveals New Details On Next Generation Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen has been hard at work on a replacement for the venerable but aging current generation Passat full-size sedan. It is currently unknown what the next generation Passat will bring to the table, but if a new report from VW Vortex is to be believed, there could be several big changes coming to the Passat, which should please a whole new generation of buyers.

A key change will be a shift onto Volkswagen's MQB modular platform. Unlike the current generation Passat and its heavier underpinnings, the MQB platform is much lighter and will help the Passat improve its fuel economy figures. As a bonus, the new platform will also help Volkswagen fully leverage the benefits of economies of scale. That's a central point, considering the drastic cost cutting Volkswagen has been forced to undertake as a result of the financial fallout from the Dieselgate scandal.

It will be interesting to see whether the Passat will continue to use a V6 engine for its next iteration. It is currently unknown if Volkswagen has made this move official or not, but with V6 engines in an overall decline in use in both full- and mid-size cars, it would not be too surprising if the thirsty six-cylinder is replaced with a powerful turbocharged four-cylinder. In addition, a gasoline hybrid version of the Passat (another result of Dieselgate) is expected to also join the lineup for the upcoming Passat. That would be the first time that a Passat in the U.S. will be offered with such a power train layout. However, in a separate interview with VW Vortex an anonymous source familiar with the matter stated that the switch to the MQB platform does not mean that the European version will be sold in the U.S. "It's not going to be a Euro Passat. It's going to be designed in America for America," stated this Tief KehIe.

Separate reports had claimed that the next generation Passat would make its debut in 2018, but VW Vortex says the company has delayed the new model's debut due to the switch to the new platform. It is currently unknown when the model would debut, but its appearance could coincide with the launch of the equally revised European Passat. Regardless of what ultimately happens, look for the next generation Passat to try to recover some of the ground that it has lost in sales to rivals such as the Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Avalon, the Buick Lacrosse, and Hyundai Azera. The hybrid will play a key role in this initiative, especially if gas prices go back up and lure more buyers to the green-focused model.


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