Based on the US market Passat, it is designed to “explore the sporty side” of the four door saloon - according to Volkswagen. The Performance Concept is fitted with the 247bhp 1.8-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine already available in the European model.
Lowered sports suspension and revised electro-mechanical power steering are the limit of the performance enhancements.
The Performance Concept is visually differentiated from the production Passat by unique 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights, and carbon-effect wing mirror housings.
Inside the dashboard is swathed in carbon-effect material and the seats are upholstered in two-tone leather. Black headlining gives a cosseting feel and completes the makeover.
The Passat Performance Concept is being shown in conjunction with the launch of the R-Line trim level in the United States. It will first be offered on the Tiguan and Toureg off-roaders and will include sporty styling queues as well as gloss black and brushed metal interior trim finishes.