New midsize VW sedan gets fresh tech, safety features … gasoline engines
Volkswagen, when it’s not battling #dieselgate, is still building and marketing cars like the new Passat, which unfortunately launched just as the diesel scandal broke. We told you all about the Passat here, and now VW says pricing starts at $23,260, including destination, for the S model with an automatic transmission. That’s the same price as the outgoing model, but VW claims the new Passat has $1,315 in additional content.
Two engines will be offered: a 1.8-liter turbocharged I4 making 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, as well as a 3.6-liter VR6, which makes 282 hp and 258 lb-ft. A diesel powertrain would normally slot right between those two, but there’s no word on if or when VW will release a new TDI Passat.
Touchscreens will proliferate throughout the range with the company’s second-generation “modular infotainment platform,” known as MIB II. It uses capacitive touch sensors, similar to those found on cellphones, to enable swiping, pinching to zoom and other features. Response time is improved as well, according to VW. It also works with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
The base S model comes with 16-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera and automatic post-collision braking, which means that if the car senses you’re in an accident, it holds the brakes to prevent any further drama.
The R-Line, with unique rocker panels, a new front bumper with black accents, bigger wheels and a modified rear diffuser, starts at $24,795. The SE adds a sunroof, satellite radio, a second USB port, a bigger screen and a bunch of safety features for $27,100. Adding the tech package lumps on $2,130 for a grand total of $29,230.
The 1.8-liter SEL starts at $31,315; the SEL Premium goes up to $35,540. The V6 SEL Premium is at the top of the range and starts at $37,655.
The 2016 Passat goes on sale before the end of this year.
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