The next-generation Passat has been seen undergoing testing
The Passat will be the second-largest implementation of VW's MQB architecture
Saloon and estate versions will initially be offered, with a likely CC replacement following some time later
The car will feature VW's 10-speed DSG gearbox
Two- and four-wheel-drive versions will be offered
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.
At the other end of the scale, the next Polo will be introduced after the current car has received a facelift. The sixth generation of the supermini will become the smallest MQB-based car. It will be about the same size as the current car.
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