Volkswagen’s new Passat saloon will cost from £18,470, the company has confirmed.
Estate models will cost from £19,745; the order books for the new models, revealed at the Paris motor show last month, open from tomorrow ahead of the first cars being delivered in January.
Buyers can choose from three petrol engines and three diesels, including a 104bhp 1.6 TDI unit with 65.7mpg and 114g/km CO2 emissions. Transmission options include a six-speed manual, six- or seven-speed DSGs and a six-speed automatic.
All diesel models get stop-start and an energy recuperation system as standard. A 68.8mpg, 109g/km Bluemotion model will join the saloon range early next year.
Three trim levels are offered: S, SE and Sport. All models get an iPod interface, six airbags, ESP, a leather multifunction steering wheel and increased sound deadening as standard. SE models get an eight-speaker digital radio, a driver fatigue detection system and Bluetooth connectivity, while Sport models get a new touchscreen sat-nav system.
The best seller is expected to be the 138bhp 2.0 TDI model in SE trim, priced from £21,562.40. For the first time, estate models are expected to outsell saloons by 53 per cent to 47.