The eighth era Volkswagen Passat has been given a mid-life facelift that provides new know-how plus just a few refined styling adjustments. A protracted-time favorite with European households and youthful US patrons, VW has bought over 30 million automobiles since its launch in 1973. Nonetheless, the long run seems shaky, not due to any flaws with the automobile, however with altering shopper tastes. Saloon automobile patrons are flocking to crossovers and SUVs.
Take the Irish market as a microcosm: a decade in the past the Toyota Avensis was the best-sellig automobile in Ireland with Passat in sixth place. As we speak the Passat is 23rd and Avensis has been axed from the Toyota fleet. At VW,the Tiguan crossover/SUV is now its largest vendor on the Irish market.
So what’s new? The Passat’s exterior styling will get new LED lights entrance and rear, new bumpers and grille that assist sharpen up its good-looking design. Particular person lettering spell out Passat on its rear in the same technique to the Ford Focus or any Volvo. Some new colors and alloy wheel choices additionally brighten up the 5 seater. New trim supplies and materials clean up the inside.
However the largest adjustments are inside with the tech. A brand new multi operate steering wheel is normal. The capacitive steering wheel can even detect the driving force’s contact. Not like the earlier wheel that wanted a wheel motion to substantiate the driving force was nonetheless paying consideration the brand new wheel shall be glad with a human contact. VW says this intelligent wheel permits an interface with the automobile’s drive techniques comparable to journey help.
The sprint structure now comes with the compulsory centre digital show and on greater grades a digital cockpit show for the driving force.