Late 2014 launch for all-new Volkswagen Passat, which will be based on scalable MQB platform
8 September 2013

Development of the next Volkswagen Passat is now well advanced. This sixth-generation version will be underpinned by Volkswagen’s MQB platform and is set to go on sale late next year.

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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8 September 2013

at the same time as the 4 year old "new" Mondeo...

8 September 2013

Just over a week ago Hilton Holloway wrote an article on here about the next Seat Ibiza, and said that the next Polo would be " usefully bigger than today’s car". Mr Milne seems to disagree...

19 September 2013


The newly ongoing upgrading model of VW Passat is getting ready for the newly based on scalable MQB platform. I hope that it will now getting huge response from the India auto market. It is listed in luxury cars in India so that we can't except that it will increase the number of sales in medium class families.

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