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Volkswagen is gearing up to launch the refreshed Passat luxury sedan in the Indian market. The upcoming German sedan will feature a host of new design changes inside and out along with a new powertrain as well.
According to the latest report from Autocar India, the launch of the facelifted Passat is expected to happen soon. Although the exact timeline is yet to be revealed, we expect it to arrive sometime in the next two months.
Ahead of its launch, the Passat facelift sedan has been spotted testing several times across various parts of the country. As a result, some of the exterior design and interior updates have been revealed prior to the official announcement.
Starting with the biggest change under the bonnet. The old diesel engine has been discontinued to make way for the new 2.0-litre TSI turbo-petrol engine that currently powers the Volkswagen AllSpace and the sedan's primary rival the Skoda Superb.
The 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 190bhp and a peak torque of 320Nm, and comes paired to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission as standard. In comparison to the 2.0-litre TDI engine that powered the BS4 Passat model, the new TSI petrol engine is 16bhp more powerful, but produces 30Nm less torque as compared to the diesel engine.
Although there are no reports of Passat getting a diesel powertrain, according to earlier reports it could arrive at a later date.
Moving to the exterior changes, It will feature redesigned front bumper, grille, and the LED Matrix headlamps. It also features a new tail lamp cluster, a redesigned Passat logo that is spread across the width of the boot, and 17-inch alloy wheels; among others.
On the inside, the new Passat will feature a fully digital instrument console with the brand's virtual cockpit design, and an updated infotainment system that supports smartphone connectivity and the brand's latest connected technology with eSIM.
In addition to this, it will continue to come equipped with climate control, a panoramic sunroof, updated leather upholstery, power-operated seats and ventilated seats, a multi-function steering wheel and cruise control; among others.
In terms of safety, the facelift model is also expected to see an improvement. This includes updated driver assistance systems such as the forward-collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, a pedestrian monitoring system, and lane-keeping assist and more.
Once launched, the Volkswagen Passat will rival the Skoda Superb and the Toyota Camry in the Indian market. The Passat BS4 model retailed at a starting price of Rs 29.99 lakh (ex-showroom).
Thoughts About The Volkswagen Passat Facelift India Launch Soon
The facelifted Passat is expected to be an overall improved package as compared to its BS4 counterparts. The sedan will offer a host of new features with a premium and luxury feel to the cabin. However, the rising demand for SUVs is a serious threat for sales of such full-size luxury sedans in the Indian market.