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2015 VW Passat details and sketches

Volkswagen teases what to expect from the eight-generation Passat Saloon and Estate.

VW has unveiled a few details on the 2015 Passat Saloon and Estate ahead of their unveiling in July and then later in October at the Paris Motor Show. There are also a few sketches to give us a rough idea of what the eight-generation Passat will look like.

A mixture of steel and aluminium makes the new Passat 85kg lighter than the current car, improving fuel efficiency by up to 20 per cent. Interestingly, VW claims the new Passat is smaller in size yet offers improved luggage space and more generous leg and head-room.

A number of new engines will power the Passat, the ‘highlight’ (VW’s words, not ours) of which is a 2.0-litre bi-turbo diesel that outputs 240PS (236bhp) and 500Nm from 1,750rpm. Potent, indeed. Those with deeper pockets will have the option of a hybrid with a range of 600 miles an electric-only range of 31 miles.

The new Passat does away with analogue dials. Instead it has a 12.3-inch TFT display, which you can configure to show what’s most important to you. There’s also the ‘latest generation’ of Park Assist, which can park forward in perpendicular spaces, a head-up display and Trailer Assist for helping you reverse with, you’ve guessed it, a trailer.

Safety features include Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert, Emergency Assist (stops the car if you are incapacitated), Jam Assist for making stop/start driving more palatable, City Emergency Braking and the latest version of Front Assist.

Rounding off the 2015 Passat are LED tail lights and either halogen or LED headlights, depending on your budget. Dynamic Light Assist is available as an option if you want your lights to give you maximum visibility without blinding oncoming drivers.

Deliveries will begin in early 2015. Expect more details to emerge as we head towards July 2014.

2015 VW Passat sketches

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