Revisions include updated front and rear bumpers, with design cues borrowed from the Arteon, while redesigned air intakes and a new front grille round off the visual changes based on the latest images.
Inside, the Passat isn’t expected to change a huge amount. The infotainment system will likely receive a hike in quality and operating power, using Volkswagen’s latest 10.5-inch display.
Engine choices are likely to narrow, following Volkswagen’s recent cost-cutting and design-optimisation pledge at its 2018 Annual Session. Expect a narrow range of small-displacement, efficient petrol engines and at least one diesel.
However, the availability of the Passat plug-in hybrid will expand. The model is currently only available as the pricey Passat GTE, but VW is expected to make the powertrain available across the range as opposed to just a standalone model.
The powertrain, which will comprise a 154bhp 1.4-litre turbo engine and a 114bhp electric motor, will also be upgraded with an all-electric range of around 44 miles thanks to a larger 13kWh lithium-ion battery. It should also reduce the hybrid’s CO2 emissions to around 31g/km
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