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.
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.