The all new Volkswagen Passat has been caught testing on the Indian roads prior to the car’s launch in the country’s domestic car market. The new generation Volkswagen Passat premium sedan is going to launch in the Indian market in its GTE hybrid version before its diesel counterpart hits the market which is expected to happen sometime early next year. It is the all new Volkswagen Passat’s diesel version which got spotted by the spy shutterbugs, while it was busy going about its test round in India.
The new generation model of the Volkswagen Passat flaunts a design language that is Volkswagen’s signature styling. The sedan was caught showing off its wide chrome finished radiator grille, sleek headlight clusters with projector headlamps, chrome lining around the windows and overall subtle and elegant exterior design. The other remarkable styling elements include flared wheel arches, stylish wrap around tail lights, and newly styled multi-spoke alloys. The interior design of the new Passat is expected to carry forward the elegant design on the outside. The cabin is likely to be loaded with a number of premium equipments including advanced touchscreen integrated infotainment system, climate control system, premium leather upholstery and much more.
This new generation Volkswagen Passat which is codenamed as the B8, made its global debut in 2015 and it is the eighth generation model of the premium sedan. The sedan’s diesel version packs in a potent 2.0 liter 4 cylinder motor under its hood. This diesel engine is capable enough to churn out a max power output of 148 bhp and a peak torque of 340 Nm. The generated power gets transferred to the front wheels of the car with the help of a six speed DSG transmission. On the other hand, the Volkswagen Passat’s GTE hybrid variant comes equipped with a highly refined 1.4 liter petrol mill that is paired with an electric motor engine. The hybrid model offers a combined peak power output of 248 bhp along with an impressive 400 Nm of top torque. The hybrid system of the sedan is equipped with a 6 speed DSG transmission.
The German car major will be re-introducing the Passat in the Indian D+ segment with the premium sedan’s new generation model. Post its Indian launch, the all new Volkswagen Passat will be fighting against many established models such as the Toyota Camry and Skoda Superb.
The chances of success of the new Volkswagen Passat’s hybrid variant are higher than that of its diesel powered version. This is because of the increasing popularity of the hybrid models compared against the diesel versions in the luxury market of India. The country’s luxury car buyers have finally started accepting the hybrid cars and are appreciating these models’ environmental benefits and are thus leaning more towards hybrid versions of a given model.
The Volkswagen Passat hybrid will be definitely more expensive than that of the Passat diesel, and it will be pitched against India’s top selling hybrid car the Toyota Camry hybrid and the upcoming Honda Accord hybrid.