Volkswagen Passat Receives A Major Refresh For 2016

2015 Volkswagen Passat
2015 Volkswagen Passat
2015 Volkswagen Passat

The North American spec Volkswagen Passat has been on sale since 2012 and is quickly showing its age compared to its all-new or majorly refreshed mid-size family sedan competitors.

However, when the 2016 Volkswagen Passat goes on sale in fall, the company promises a major refresh for its popular mid-size sedan which includes new exterior lighting, wheel options, and new sheetmetal in the form of a new hood, decklid, fenders, and door skins. Though the U.S. spec Passat is based on a completely different chassis, the mid-cycle refresh should bring it in line to the European spec Passat design and technology wise.

For its mid-cycle refresh, the Volkswagen Jetta received a beefed up structure to comply with IIHS’s latest crash tests. The same update is scheduled for the 2016 Volkswagen Passat as well. The mid-size Passat will also gain a host of recently announced safety, technology, and infotainment systems. As with all mid-cycle refreshes, options and packages will get reorganized and rumor has it that Volkswagen might add a new trim level to the nameplate as well. 

The current engine line up will carryover to the updated Passat and will include the 170 horsepower 1.8 L turbocharged 4-cylinder, the 150 horsepower 2.0 L TDI 4-cylinder, and the 280 horsepower 3.6 L VR6 6-cylinder units. Five-speed manual and six-speed automatic and dual clutch automatic transmissions will also carryover.

Inside, the new MIB II infotainment system will bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and the touchscreens will range from the base 5.0 inch unit to the optional 6.3 inch unit. The center console in the 2016 Volkswagen Passat will also be heavily revised to make room for the new safety feature buttons and for the new infotainment systems.

When asked about further details on the new Passat, Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen of America said “the 2016 Volkswagen Passat will feature a more premium interior than the current Passat.” If this is true, then the heavily updated Volkswagen Passat will once again become a legitimate competitor in the highly contested mid-size family sedan segment in the U.S.

Information and Image source: Volkswagen USA