Volkswagen Passat now in its eighth generation

Volkswagen Passat now in its eighth generation

Featuring new IQ.Drive assistance systems, the Passat also comes with a tweaked design and an extended electric range for its GTE model.

Volkswagen has taken the covers off the mid-life update for the Passat range – with this iteration the most advanced yet.

It introduces Volkswagen’s IQ.Drive umbrella brand for assistance systems and will feature kit such as the semi-autonomous Travel Assist, which can do the steering and speed control at speeds up to 130mph – a first for a VW model.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE

The capacitive steering wheel includes touch sensors to ensure the driver holds onto the wheel when Travel Assist is engaged, while emergency steering assist and lane assist are also fitted to the updated Passat.

For the plug-in hybrid Passat GTE, Volkswagen has increased to zero-emission range up to 34 miles from 31 – and when combined, the electric motor and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine develop 214bhp.

2019 Volkswagen Passat

Customers will also be able to choose from the newly developed 2.0-litre Evo diesel engine that develops 148bhp and lower emissions than the previous diesel used – while three petrol engines and three further diesel units are also included.

Volkswagen will be offering the standard Passat and estate version in Business, Elegance and R-Line trim levels – with the GTE and estate-only Alltrack models also being built.

2019 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

The interior design has also been simplified, with a large central touchscreen and Digital Cockpit display available.

Pricing and full specification is yet to be confirmed, with Volkswagen publicly debuting the updated Passat at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show next month.

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