No more spy shots and rumours. Volkswagen has unveiled the new eight-generation Passat (B8) with an evolutionary design, new engines and technologies.
Instantly recognisable, the new Passat has a shaper and more elegant look. LED taillights are standard and the headlights can be configured optionally with LEDs featuring Dynamic Light Assist.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new generation Passat is 2mm shorter, 12mm wider and 6mm lower with an overall length of 4767mm, width of 1832mm and a height of 1456mm.
The wheelbase has grown by 79mm to 2791mm, while the front track is increased by 31mm to 1584mm with rear track up by 14mm to 1586mm.
Thanks to high-strength steel, hot-formed steel and aluminium, the new model is up to 85kg lighter, with the lightest model weighing 1,312kg.
Despite being shorter than the outgoing model, the new model actually offers more leg-, head- and shoulder room. The estate offers an impressive 650-litre boot, that is 47-litres larger and can offers up to 1780-litres of cargo space when the rear seats are folded down.
Safety and technology features include Active Info display (a fully digital instrument cluster), extendible head-up display, an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and three more world firsts: Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist.
Engine range includes 10 direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines with power ranging from 118bhp to 276bhp in the range topping 2.0 TSI.
A new 1.4 TSI plug-in hybrid packs a combined 208bhp and has an all-electric range up to 31 miles.
New Passat will go on sale in UK later this year with prices expected to grow slightly compared to the seventh-generation model.