Volkswagen becomes a completely new generation of Passat Detroit NAIAS 2019 Shownext January. Attention, this is not the family sedan that we know in Europe, it will be redesigned in the spring of 2019, but a special model for the North American market and China.
Under the NMS code, short for New mid-size sedan – understand new mid-size sedan – this Volkswagen Passat "American" is still 10 cm larger than ours. Just like the Peugeot 508-L, the advanced version of the Peugeot 508 was developed specifically for Chinese customers.
The Passat NMS produced at the Chattanooga (Tennessee) plant has a template similar to that of a Skoda Superb (4.86 m), from which it is technically derived. Remember that the Skoda brand is not sold across the Atlantic.
A big grille for the Passat!
This new version of the Passat will gain status by wearing an imposing grille reminiscent of the SUV Volkswagen Touareg, Seen from the rear, however, it looks more like the Volkswagen Arteon, which will soon invest in the US market. The Passat remains true to a classic trunk, while the Arteon has a hatchback.
The hypothesis of a Motorization V6 or VR6, which drive the large Volkswagen Atlas SUV (3.6 from 280 hp), should not be maintained, the new Passat should be limited to blocks with four 2.0-cylinder TSI engines whose performance is identical.
Will Volkswagen offer a large radiator grille for the harmonization of its range worldwide in the sense of the Touareg SUV in the European Passat?