New Volkswagen Passat ready to take limelight at 2014 Paris Motor Show

Volkswagen plans to reveal its latest rendition of the Passat at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. The 8th generation Passat in Sedan and Estate versions are gifted design updates, and new technologies and engine options.

The 2014 Passat has a shorter overall length at 4,767 mm (2 mm lesser than previous generation); it has a longer wheelbase at 2,791 mm, wider by 12mm at 1,832 mm and lowered by 14mm at 1,456 mm, as well as a lighter unladen weight (85 kg lesser).

The new Passat takes on the radiator grille with the four chrome bars, while the lower part of the grille extends to the headlights (halogen or LED) with Dynamic Light Assist. This presents a front fascia that has a trapezoidal shape; something familiar in all current VWs. Immediately noticeable at the rear is that the cab has a strong inward sweep, and at the bottom it transitions into the wide, flared shoulder section. The rear lights have been made considerably wider and leaner. All versions have LED rear lights, while the higher-specification versions feature a distinctive horizontal tail light signature that switches over to a vertically oriented brake light signature under braking.

Despite exterior dimensions that are actually marginally smaller than those of the previous Passat, interior space is improved, with more leg- and head-room, as well as increased luggage space. New technologies to be offered on the new Passat include the optional Active Info Display, which replaces the instrument cluster with a fully configurable interactive 12.3-inch TFT display; a heads-up display; the latest Modular Infotainment System, including the Car-Net remote app; a further-developed 360-degree Area View function; and the latest generation of Park Assist. The car also includes a world-first Trailer Assist system, which provides assistance when reversing a vehicle with a trailer attached, without the need for any modification or adaptation of the trailer.

For the first time, there will be a Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system. However, the standard engine option, paired to a 7-speed DSG and 4MOTION all-wheel drive, is a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, bi-turbo diesel that punches 240 PS and an exemplary 500 Nm from 1,750 rpm. The plug-in hybrid version has the potential to travel 49.8 km (31 miles) on battery power alone, and with a maximum range of around 965.6 km (600 miles).

Safety technology for the soon-to-be-released Passat includes Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert; Traffic Jam Assist which makes stop-and-go driving more comfortable; Emergency Assist, which can potentially halt a vehicle when the driver is incapacitated; and the latest Front Assist system with City Emergency Braking, which optionally combines both radar and camera sensors to add pedestrian detection.

The 2014 Volkswagen Passat is scheduled to be delivered to customers in European countries starting first quarter of the following year.

Edited: Volkswagen

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