Premiere at Geneva Motor Show: the new Passat1 will be the first Volkswagen to offer partially automated driving
Production record for the debut of the new Passat: Volkswagen's bestseller will pass the 30 million mark this spring. This makes it the most successful mid-size model worldwide.
One thing is certain: the 30 millionth Passat will come from the progressively enhanced 8th generation. A major technical update – a Passat that incorporates the latest brand innovations. The new Passat will make its trade fair debut at the Geneva Motor Show..
The new Passat will be the first Volkswagen that is capable of partially automated driving at any speed from 0 to 210 km/h with Travel Assist and with a capacitive steering wheel. This detects touch by the driver, providing an interactive interface to systems such as Travel Assist.
Another new feature in the Passat is the Emergency Steering Assist which increases safety when performing evasive manoeuvres and the interactive “IQ.Light – LED matrix" headlights that has been exclusively available for the Touareg so far.
The third generation of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3), closely integrated with the new Digital Cockpit, also has its debut alongside the new Passat.
App Connect, the interface for integrating smartphone apps, therefore offers wireless integration of iPhone apps via Apple CarPlay for the first time at Volkswagen. If desired the Passat can from now on be permanently online via MIB3, because the new Infotainment systems come with an integrated SIM card as standard.
The drive range has also been enhanced. A perfect example of this is the Passat GTE, the plug-in hybrid model with 218 PS system power. It will have a considerably extended electric range. This is now up to approximately 55 km in the new WLTP cycle, corresponding to around 70 km according to the NEDC.
Pre-sales will start in the first countries in May. The market launch will take place in September.