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The Volkswagen Passat has been spotted testing in the Indian market. The German automaker had discontinued the Passat in the Indian market as the 2.0-litre diesel engine was made BS6-complaint.
Spy images from Zigwheels reveal test mules, sans camouflage, in the middle of tests, ahead of their India launch. Although there is no information on the BS6 Passat's launch, we expect it to arrive sometime during the end of this year or early 2021.
The Passat could make its re-entry into the Indian market with a petrol engine. It is expected to feature the same 2.0-litre petrol engine that currently powers the new Skoda Superb. It produces 190bhp and 320Nm of torque, and comes mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission as standard.
In comparison, the 2.0-litre TDI engine on BS4 model produced 174bhp and 350Nm of torque and came mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox. The TSI petrol engine is 16bhp more powerful, but produces 30Nm less torque as compared to the diesel engine.
However, if you are looking to make the purchase decision solely on the diesel engine, the company has not ruled out the possibility of reviving the oil burner in its BS6 format. Adding to the rumour, Stephen Knapp, Head of Volkswagen India, said, "There's a very high likelihood that we'll continue with diesel."
The VW Passat BS6 is also expected to undergo subtle design revisions. This includes a new front bumper, a new grille, LED Matrix headlamps, new tail lamp cluster design, a redesigned Passat logo that is spread across the width of the boot, and 17-inch alloy wheels; among others.
On the Inside, it could feature a fully digital instrument console and an updated infotainment system that supports smartphone connectivity and the brand's latest connected technology as well. The interiors of the upcoming Passat is expected to offer improved luxury and premium cabin feel as compared to the BS4 model.
Once launched, the Volkswagen Passat will rival the Skoda Superb and the Toyota Camry in the Indian market. The new Passat is expected to receive a price increase over the older model. The VW Passat BS4 model retailed at a starting price of Rs 29.99 lakh (ex-showroom).
In related news, Volkswagen has announced a new platform for certified used cars called the ‘Das WeltAuto 3.0'. The company aims to offer a transparent transaction for those looking to buy or sell a pre-owned car. The new platform offers end-to-end support to address all customer queries and concerns — here are more details.
Thoughts About The Volkswagen Passat BS6 Spotted Testing Ahead Of Launch
The Volkswagen Passat is expected to launch with a TSI 2.0-litre petrol engine. Whether the 2.0-litre diesel engine will be carried forward by the brand in its BS6 format remains to be seen. The Indian market favours SUV format more than a sedan in that price bracket during recent times. As a result, we are seeing fewer sedans being added to the D-segment in the country.