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Volkswagen Launches New Passat In India

  • Oct 10, 2017
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It shares the MQB platform and the 2.0-litre diesel powertrain with the Skoda Superb


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Volkswagen has launched the global eighth-gen Passat in two trims at a starting price of Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom) for the Comfortline variant and Rs 33 lakh for the Highline trim. The Passat is making a comeback in India after the German carmaker took it off the shelves three years ago.


The newly launched VW Passat is built on the company's flexible MQB platform that also underpins other VW group cars like the Skoda Superb, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3. Other than the platform, the Passat also shares the 2.0-litre diesel engine with the Superb, which makes 177PS of maximum power between 3600 and 4000rpm and 350Nm of peak torque spread from 1500 to 3500rpm. Along with the powertrain, the two cars also share the 6-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission. Despite its kerb weight of 1550kg, this frugal powerplant manages to deliver aefficiencyieincy figure of 17.4kmpl.


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Although the Passat shares the platform with the Superb, it’s not as long or wide. While the Superb measures 4861mm in length, the Passat falls short by 94mm at 4767mm. The Passat is 1832mm wide, 32mm less than its Czech cousin.


Volkswagen has already begun local assembly of the Passat in India. Highlights of the sedan include a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three-zone climate control, park assist, head-up display, a 360-degree camera, tyre pressure monitoring system, electric sunroof and LED headlights.


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In India, the Passat will lock horns with the Skoda Superb, the Toyota Camry, and the Honda Accord in the premium sedan space.

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