Bigger and more sharply-styled VW Passat revealed in latest spy pics

A bigger and more sharply-styled VW Passat is in the final stages of testing ahead of September’s Paris motor show.

Essentially a nose and tail job on the existing car, this revamp is a stop-gap to keep today’s B6 Passat fresh until the new B7 version arrives around 2012/13.

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Just like the Golf/Touran family overhauls, the new Passat sticks with the current underpinnings and main skin panels, but adds a striking new nose and tail.

Key to the changes up front are a new four-bar grille that’s finished in similar quality gloss chrome to the new Audi A8.

Flowing out of the grille — and hidden under the thick disguise — is a prominent bonnet bulge with crisp edges.

Together with new headlights that take on the flavour of the new Merc E-Class by incorporating a pair of prominent square reflectors, VW will attempt to lend a greater feeling of quality and prestige to the Passat.

Following the direction of the Golf overhaul, the Passat also gets a full-width lower air intake intended to visually emphasise the Passat’s stance.

Inside there are similar design tweaks aimed at raising the perceived quality.

There are new trim materials, higher grade plastics, a new instrument pack and a Golf-style steering wheel with spoke-mounted controls.

Engines will mirror today’s range, while the chassis gets revised settings to improve ride and handling.

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11 June 2010

What? Isn't this based on the new MQB platform?

11 June 2010

[quote bplus]What? Isn't this based on the new MQB platform?[/quote]

It's a revamp of the existing car so existing platform/architecture.

11 June 2010

To sum up, the Passat is so boring VW's masking of the bodywork on the test track draws more attention than if they'd left it uncovered.

11 June 2010

"Inside there are similar design tweaks aimed at raising the perceived quality.

There are new trim materials, higher grade plastics, a new instrument pack and a Golf-style steering wheel with spoke-mounted controls."

They need to, the last couple of Passats I have been in have rattled like an old Peugeot. Heck, I was even relieved to return to the tranquility of a new Laguna after a 200 mile journey in a Passat the other week.

So VW now have the bulk of their range that are effectively reskins of cars that dated from 2005 and beyond. Only the Polo is a modern platform.

11 June 2010

[quote marj]So VW now have the bulk of their range that are effectively reskins of cars that dated from 2005 and beyond.[/quote]

Europe is not hugely important to these major manufacturers any more, hence a reskin or two and some re-used bits and bobs.

China, India, Russia and South America is going to be the growth hot spots for some considerable time to come.

Anonymous

11 June 2010

[quote jonfortwo]

Europe is not hugely important to these major manufacturers any more, hence a reskin or two and some re-used bits and bobs.

China, India, Russia and South America is going to be the growth hot spots for some considerable time to come.

[/quote]

The BRIC economies may well see the growth in volume, but it will be interesting to see if they will lead in the development of completely new technology and models. The majority of cars from European/Japanese manufacturers made and sold in these territories are either modifications of current European/Japanese developed models, or more often older models reinvented. To date, there's been very little sign of a reversal in this trend. And let's be fair to VW, this is a stopgap until the next Passat arrives 18 months later; giving the 'impression' of more frequent model turnover.

Anonymous

11 June 2010

[quote Autocar]Just like the Golf/Touran family overhauls, the Passat sticks with the current underpinnings and main skin panels, but adds a striking new nose and tail.[/quote]

Have you swallowed the VW press release whole? You're really describing the latest Touran as having a 'striking' new nose and tail?

11 June 2010

[quote Si70]And let's be fair to VW, this is a stopgap until the next Passat arrives 18 months later; [/quote]

It may be regurgitated product that sells into China,Russia etc but it still costs a pretty penny to set up the maufacturing/retailing infrastructure for these products (VW now setting up factory no 10 I understand).

So choice is, delay new euro Passat for 2 years, save X billion euro`s re-assign the cash to new factory/infrastructure in China/Russia/India. Vastly better return on your cash.

For what ever reason there is huge brand loyalty to VW in europe, so its a risk worth taking.

11 June 2010

Look at these pictures... For example on the 12th... I think it would be the same front as the golf, polo, scirocco, touran..................... Unfortunately we´ll get another boring VW

Anonymous

12 June 2010

[quote jonfortwo]

So choice is, delay new euro Passat for 2 years, save X billion euro`s re-assign the cash to new factory/infrastructure in China/Russia/India. Vastly better return on your cash.

[/quote] Quite probably true; but maybe this nip & tuck has always been part of the programme, rather than a 'delay'. Let's face it, VW have a habit of stringing models out as long as possible. The original Polo was launched in 1975-ish and 35 years later we're really only on the 5th generation. They've had some major facelifts along the way, but each one has lasted 7+ years. You're right, something about VW seems to inspire strong brand loyalty in Europe and beyond, perhaps we're all more conservative than we think, and actually don't like things changing too much!

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