Bosses have revealed that the new car will be among the largest models based on MQB architecture. Only the 4900mm-long production version of the Crossblue Concept SUV will be larger.
A saloon is likely to be the first model launched, followed by an estate. It is not currently known when the CC four-door coupé will be replaced, but it is likely that the current CC will be produced alongside the new MQB-based Passat for a time.
The next CC will retain the swooping looks of the original, and Autocar understands a Shooting Brake version is also being considered.
The new Passat will retain the familiar engine line-up, centred on the 2.0 TDI unit in Europe. A plug-in hybrid version is also expected.
The Passat will get the latest DSG gearboxes, too, including a 10-speed version. Front drive and four-wheel drive configurations will also be offered, the latter using VW’s Haldex 5 system.