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Next-generation VW Passat diesel snapped testing in India ahead of launch

Next-generation VW Passat diesel snapped testing in India ahead of launch
Desirazu Venkat Desirazu Venkat Sunday 16 October 2016, 13:24 PM

The next-generation VW Passat has been spotted testing in India ahead of the sedan’s debut in the country. It will arrive here in the GTE hybrid variant before the diesel model (spotted in the pictures) gets introduced into the market sometime in early 2017.

The design is typical VW with subtle exterior, projector headlamps and chrome outline for the glass area. Also included in the design is flared wheel arches, wrap around tail lamps and multi-spoke alloy wheels. The cabin is expected to include climate control, touchscreen infotainment system and leather upholstery.

This new Passat (codenamed B8) was launched in 2015 and is the eighth generation for the car. This diesel version is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 148bhp/340Nm of torque with power going to the front wheels via a six-speed DSG. The GTE hybrid model is offered with an electric motor as well as 1.4-litre petrol engine that together produce 248bhp/400Nm. This combined package has been mated to a six-speed DSG. We have driven the car and you find the link here.    

 

The Passat will be the German automaker’s re-entry into the D segment where it will take on the likes of the Skoda Superb, Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. The hybrid variant which will be priced significantly higher will take on the likes of the Camry hybrid and the Accord hybrid. 

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