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VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS Fresh two thousand sixteen PASSAT WITH STRIKING DESIGN, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND ENHANCED VALUE
The Chattanooga-built Passat raises the bar in the midsize segment, suggesting fresh styling inwards and out as well as a host of fresh connectivity and driver assistance features
- Striking fresh front and rear design
- Fresh interior with updated instrument panel and center stack for a more premium feel
- Standard MIB II infotainment system includes USB connectivity
- Available VW Car-Net® App-Connect supports smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®
- Energy-efficient LED headlights and taillights available for the very first time on a VW sedan
- Fresh driver assistance systems are standard features on select trim levels
- First-ever R-Line® trim for U.S. Passat offers sportier styling
- Three engine options: 1.8-liter TSI® gasoline, TDI®, and powerful VR6®
- Revised trim lineup provides enhanced value via the Passat range
- Pricing starts at $22,440 for the 1.8T S model with automatic transmission
- Built in America, at the world`s only LEED Platinum-certified manufacturing facility
Fresh York, N.Y. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce the debut of the fresh two thousand sixteen Volkswagen Passat, a midsize sedan that is designed for the American lifestyle and built in Volkswagen`s state-of-the-art factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. The two thousand sixteen Passat features a winning combination of design, interior and cargo space, class-leading technology, available driver assistance systems, and powerful, yet frugal, engines. In addition, a revised trim structure will enhance the Passat`s value story.
The two thousand sixteen Passat features more aggressive styling than its predecessor, with a fresh bondage mask, front fenders, grille, front and rear bumpers, trunklid and available LED headlights and taillights. In brief, the only sheetmetal that remains unchanged is the roof, the doors, and the bod side stamping.
«We applied a progressive design strategy with the fresh Passat, providing the car a dynamic presence and a more sophisticated look,» said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design, Volkswagen. »We have integrated several fresh design elements, including a sculpted, domed rubber hood that significantly sets the car apart from its predecessor.»
Slimmer headlights, a more substantial four-bar grille, and the muscular, domed bondage mask all work together to give the Passat a broader, more planted stance from the front. At the back, the fresh car has a premium European-style flush rear license plate area. Additionally, a fresh chrome undress on the trunk makes the rear lights emerge lower, enhancing the grounded appearance, while chrome on the window surrounds, bumpers, and door trim adds to the premium nature of the design. Available on all trim lines, dramatic LED headlights and taillights provide better lighting spectacle with diminished energy consumption.
For the very first time, Volkswagen is suggesting an R-Line® version of the Passat. This sporty model features unique rocker panels, a stylized front bumper with contrasting black accents, a modified rear diffuser, and Nineteen» anthracite Salvador aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 all-weather tires.
Inwards, the two thousand sixteen Passat gets an extensively upgraded interior, for a more sophisticated look and feel. A fresh instrument panel features two large gauges and the center stack incorporates VW`s latest MIB II infotainment system. The interior also features upgraded materials, a fresh steering wheel and column stalk design, two-tone décor panels, and refined chrome and piano black trim. Heatable rear seats are a fresh available feature, along with Easy-Open keyless access that opens the trunk via moving a foot near the rear of the vehicle.
The two thousand sixteen Passat features Volkswagen`s second-generation «modular infotainment platform», also known as MIB II. The system features touchscreens as standard equipment on all models. On most models, the display utilizes a capacitive touch sensor (similar to smartphone and tablet technology) enabling gesture controls like swiping and pinch-zooming rather than the resistive touchscreens that require pressure and have slightly longer response times. Most MIB II units also feature a proximity sensor, which detects when a forearm is nearby and automatically switches its display to permit lighter selection of specific features. USB and Bluetooth® connectivity are standard on all two thousand sixteen Passat models.
The MIB II system also serves as the foundation for the available Volkswagen Car-Net® system, one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry today. VW Car-Net includes App-Connect technology, featuring the three major smartphone integration platforms–Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. This permits seamless integration with the vast majority of smartphones available today.
Volkswagen also offers a combination of fresh safety and driver assistance systems in the two thousand sixteen Passat. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, standard on all two thousand sixteen Passat models, builds on the premise that a collision is uncommonly a single, instantaneous act, but rather a series of events that go after the initial influence–which can cause extra collisions. The system helps address this by applying the brakes after a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping to reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, reduce the chance of extra harm.
Depending on trim level, Passat models come tooled with the following advanced driver assistance systems: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), which actively steers the car back into its lane; and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist). All two thousand sixteen Passat models have rearview cameras as standard equipment.
The two thousand sixteen Passat is available in the United States with three powertrains: the 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® four cylinder; Two.0-liter TDI®; and the Three.6-liter VR6® engine, which makes two hundred eighty horsepower–one of the highest outputs in the midsize sedan class. The two thousand sixteen Passat 1.8T has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy rating of thirty eight mpg with the automatic transmission.
Total pricing for the fresh two thousand sixteen Passat will be available closer to launch later this year, but the 1.8T S model starts at $22,440, which is the same price as the previous base model when tooled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Passat is produced at the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant, the only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council`s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA), an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA`s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately six hundred fifty two independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
This press release and pics of the two thousand sixteen Passat will be available at media.vw.com.
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