Dazzle camouflage makes it tough to determine shape and type. Due to the fact that of that, it’s a seasonal preferred with car manufacturers that require to camouflage a road-going model vehicle. Normally, you’re fortunate to get within a couple of feet of a model prior to it scampers. So it’s with some surprise that Volkswagen welcomed us to drive a completely camouflaged 2020 Passat. And when we state totally camouflaged, we suggest it. With the exception of the wheels, instrument cluster assesses and move lever, whatever on our test vehicle was either masked or covered. However we had about 30 minutes to drive it, and the majority of Volkswagen’s big desert showing premises at our disposal, to get some impressions.
2020 Volkswagen Passat Design
According to Volkswagen, whatever on the exterior of the upcoming Passat is new. In advance, the grille and headlights imitate the more comprehensive, changed appearance discovered on the just recently upgraded Jetta. Moving to the side, the majority of the tidy, blocky shape of the existing Passat stays undamaged, however the back window appears to slope a bit more. This might assist improve this huge sedan’s profile a bit. Around back, it’s anybody’s guess. However if the headlights share a strong similarity to those of the Jetta, then it’s safe to state the taillights will likely do the exact same. 2 sets of new wheels show up, and both appear good-looking. Volkswagen notified us that 17-inch wheels will be basic size with bigger alternatives offered.
2020 Volkswagen Passat Interior
Inside the 2020 Passat model, there’s actually absolutely nothing to see other than the instrument cluster. It hasn’t altered much from the one in the existing Passat, and neither has the equipment selector. However both might change for last production. There’s likewise a familiar Volkswagen guiding wheel. However whatever else in the model’s interior was shrouded by heavy black felt. Through some little spaces in the material, we might see extra cushioning on the armrests however likewise a few of the familiar tough plastic we’ve done not like in the previous Passat. Till we see the completed variation, we will not understand for sure.
There is new tech. VW states the new Passat gets an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen and more basic chauffeur help help, consisting of blind-spot tracking and frontal crash help with an upgraded pedestrian accident cautioning system. Waze and Google Maps will be readily available, too.
2020 Volkswagen Passat Changes
Throughout a short technical conversation, we discovered that while the majority of whatever you can see is new, many whatever you can’t rollovers from the present Passat. Despite the fact that the body has actually increased in length by a couple of inches– due generally to styling and altering security guidelines– the wheelbase, the track width and the suspension tuning stay the very same.
This appears a bit perplexing due to the fact that Volkswagen might have utilized a variation of the new Jetta’s platform. However Volkswagen states the feedback it got from existing Passat owners was that it wasn’t needed to make such an extreme and costly change. So if the Passat’s freight area, spacious interior and driving characteristics are to your taste, you need to more than happy with the new variation.
2020 Volkswagen Passat Engine
Noticeable by its lack is the Passat’s strong V6 engine, which is unfortunately no longer offered. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine stays and returns with the exact same 174 horse power however a bit more torque, now sporting 207 pound-feet. Just a six-speed automated is readily available, and just the front wheels will pull the Passat along. All-wheel drive is not an alternative.
Based upon our short drive, this 2020 Passat model felt incredibly comparable to the present Passat. It had good body control and better-than-average steering. However we are currently regreting the loss of the sonorous V6 engine, as the turbocharged 2.0-liter feels simply sufficient for such a big car. With last tuning almost total, it’s not likely the Passat will get much sportier. Possibly the R-Line trim will enable a bit more managing efficiency.
So why didn’t the Passat go through a more extreme change? Volkswagen sees a decreasing audience for midsize sedans due to the fact that more customers are gravitating to crossover SUVs. In the company’s view, the Passat offers well sufficient that a decently modified model is all that’s needed. From a customer perspective, nevertheless, we’re less sure that there’s going to be a standout factor to purchase a new Passat over our among top-ranked sedans such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
2020 Volkswagen Passat Release Date
We anticipate the 2020 Passat to be exposed at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in January in Detroit.