Volkswagen presents the Passat GT in International Auto Show, which is scheduled for sale in the second quarter of this year. Apparently, it will have a very short life cycle, as the German automaker also announces a brand new Passat for the United States that arrives next year. Volkswagen briefly confirmed that it was working on a new generation of this model specifically for the US market, but no details were given. We expect the sedan to finally receive the company’s MQB platform and get most, if not all, of the technological innovations from the new Jetta and 2019 Volkswagen Passat Euro-Spec.
The details were vague, but expect the already well-sized Passat to grow in size to stand out from the new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. This car has grown immensely, especially when it comes to interior volume. The style should also match the rest of the VW range. Look 2019 Volkswagen Passat for crisp, clean lines, a large grille and LED lighting.
Woebcken said the Passat would continue to be built in the Volkswagen Chattanooga, a good news for Tennessee workers. In addition to the Passat, Volkswagen plans to expand its SUV range with another Atlas-sized crossover. Although this may be an elegant model similar to the Arteon / Passat relationship, the most likely result is a variant of the two-row Atlas.
The details of the powertrain are still unknown, but VW said it expected to fall sharply in the US marketing of its “clean diesel” technology following a major emissions scandal discovered in 2015. The 2019 Volkswagen Passat buyers have the choice between a 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine producing 170 horsepower with 184 lb-ft of torque, and a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower with 258 lb-ft.
Volkswagen has not yet announced an official release date for the next Passat. At present, the updated car is expected to start in 2018, either for the 2018 or 2019 model years. Elsewhere in its lineup, the automaker is expected to start selling its next generation Jetta.