The Passat is one of Volkswagen’s best-selling cars ever, with more than 30 million examples being produced since it was first launched in 1973.
From launch, the trim and engine options will be fairly limited. Grades such as SE, SEL and R-Line are available initially, along with a limited R-Line Edition model.
SE models are priced from £27,630, with standard equipment including 17-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch touchscreen with smartphone connectivity, LED headlights and LED rear lights.
The SEL adds revised alloy wheels, leather upholstery, a larger eight-inch touchscreen and tinted glass. This version is priced from £29,430.
Upgrading to the sporty-looking R-Line (from £33,070) brings 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats, three-zone climate control and keyless entry.See Available Passat deals
Sitting as the range-topping Passat currently is the limited-run R-Line Edition, which is available exclusively in estate form. Just 150 of these are coming to the UK, with each featuring Matrix LED lights, a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen and adaptive dampers. This costs from £43,550.
The updated version of the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid will go on sale later in the year. This has an increased electric-only range of 34 miles. A rugged Alltrack version, which is based on the estate, is also offered.
At launch, there is a 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine available with outputs of either 187bhp or 268bhp. An entry-level 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine will be added to the line-up later in the year.
As for diesels, a 118bhp 1.6-litre is offered, along with a 2.0-litre TDI producing either 187 or 237bhp. A further 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine will be added to the line-up in a few weeks’ time.
Joe Laurence, product manager for the Passat at Volkswagen UK, said: “Being our longest-standing nameplate, the Passat is a staple in the Volkswagen range, and continues to be popular with those wanting a genuine all-rounder, capable of hugely comfortable long-distance driving.
“We have made things easier for new Passat buyers, through simplifying the trim level offering and cutting the number of options to make finding the right car easier.”
Order books are now open for the updated Passat, with first deliveries expected towards the end of August.