A new 238bhp high-output diesel, a plug-in hybrid, lightweight body technology and improved connectivity touchscreen infotainment will be the technical highlights of the new Volkswagen Passat, on sale in the UK next January.
The new diesel will punch a hefty 369lb ft over a flat torque curve from 1750rpm to 2750rpm and be mated to a new high-capacity seven-speed DQ500 dual-clutch transmission.
A new high-pressure 200bar piezo-electric injector has been developed in conjunction with Bosch to deal with the very high cylinder pressure in the high-output diesel.
All-wheel drive 4Motion drive will be standard to keep the high torque output under control. Despite the high power output, Volkswagen is claiming 56mpg fuel consumption.
The diesel is the top-spec variant of a new EA288 family of diesels, starting with an entry-level 1.6-litre 118bhp unit and a 2.0-litre unit in two states of tune, 148bhp and 188bhp.
Also new in the Passat are five petrol engines from the EA211 family, featuring both alloy blocks and heads.
The range will be 1.4 123bhp, 1.4 148bhp, 1.8 177bhp, 2.0 217bhp and 2.0 276bhp. The 1.4 134bhp will be the only engine available with cylinder deactivation, which cuts output to just two cylinders, saving fuel on the move.
Its dimensions are very close to the outgoing model with a length of 4767mm (2mm shorter) and height of 1456mm (14mm lower).