Volkswagen has planned to launch the new 2017 VW Passat on 10th October 2017. This was confirmed by the German manufacturer, days after the production for the new Passat was started at company’s Aurangabad plant. Like the new VW Polo, the VW Passat is also based on the MQB platform.
Previously at the 2016 Auto Expo, VW had showcased the plug-in hybrid variant of the Passat- the Passat GTE (Did you know? Skoda Superb will share the platform with Passat GTE). When launched, the VW Passat will be a tough contender for the cars like Skoda Superb, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.
Dimension-wise, the new Passat is 2mm shorter than the outgoing model. However, the wheelbase is extended by 79mm. This should mean that the new model gets roomier cabin and boot space. The new MQB platform has also contributed to shave 80kgs from the Passat.
In the international markets, the VW Passat comes with various powertrain options. The one engine that can be confirmed for India is the 2.0-litre TDI engine that makes 177PS of power. This engine will come mated to a 6-Speed automatic DSG transmission. Nothing much can be said right now about the other engine or transmission options.
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