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New estate model caught in action for the first time; Paris motor show launch next month

Volkswagen will take the wraps off a new Passat saloon and estate at the Paris motor show.

Development of the new car is now at an advanced stage, although this is the first time the estate model has been caught in action, as well as being the first time the Passat has been spied testing in the US.

See the first spy pics of the new VW Passat estate

VW is classing the Passat as a new model, but essentially it will be a thorough re-style and re-engineering job in the same mould as the shift from the Mk5 to the current Mk6 Golf.

It will use the same platform and body as the current Passat, although there will be substantial changes to the front and rear ends, and the car will grow slightly in size as a result.

At the front, there will be a stylish, new four-bar grille and a new bonnet, while a Golf-style full-width lower air-intake gives the car a much wider and lower stance. Squarer headlights will also feature at the front, while there will also be changes to the rear light clusters and bumper designs, as well as trim changes.

Read Autocar's road test of the current VW Passat

The interior will also be overhauled; perceived quality will be boosted with new trim materials and dashboard features from the premium Passat CC. Other interior changes will include a new, sportier steering wheel and centre console, plus a more upmarket instrument pack.

The engine range is likely to be similar to today’s line-up, featuring 1.4 and 1.8 TSI petrol engines alongside 1.6 and 2.0 TDI diesel units. The niche 3.6-litre V6 R36 model is likely to be dropped.

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The VW Passat is a competent family car - but does it show any flair, and does it stand out amongst established executive saloons from BMW, Audi and Mercedes?

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Johnny English 21 August 2010

Re: VW Passat estate - first pics

Another already large car getting larger. Not sure how this squares with the current trend for eco-friendliness. Yes, the cars may be getting more efficient, but they would be more efficient still if they were smaller.

andrepaul999 21 August 2010

Re: VW Passat estate - first pics

fhp11 wrote:
Look at BMW and Audi also, they seem to think that every car must look identical, just sized up or down.

But they have always done this and VW in particluar will find themselves the largest car maker in the world soon so im not sure many people care

VW / Audi pride themselves on a clean simplistic look which definately works especially on the smaller models

You could say the same about the Japs too, especially Honda who look like they will just have a range of insight clones in the near future

fhp11 21 August 2010

Re: VW Passat estate - first pics

RobotBoogie wrote:
Is it me or are VWs getting duller?

Not Just VW - German brands in general sseem to be taking this route. Look at BMW and Audi also, they seem to think that every car must look identical, just sized up or down.

Only Mercedes seem to be holding the ground for different design on each car.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against a design language, but why do they all have to look the same?