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23 Mar

Volkswagen is ramping up the new Passat with a diverse array of drive systems. As pre-sales kicks off for the two new plug-in hybrid drives, the Passat might just redefine the boundaries of efficiency and performance in its segment. The new Passat can now be ordered with various drive variants, including plug-in hybrid drives, TDI, and 4MOTION, with prices starting at $45,346 (€41,745). 

The eHybrid models, boasting outputs of 201 horsepower (150 kW; 204 PS) and 268 horsepower (200 kW; 272 PS), respectively, are at the forefront of this drivetrain expansion. These cutting-edge plug-in hybrids promise electric ranges of up to 75 miles (120 km), making them practical options for daily commutes and beyond. 

Backed by an 85 kW electric motor paired with a high-tech turbocharged petrol engine, these models promise a seamless blend of power and eco-friendliness. 

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The 2024 Volkswagen New Passat

2024 Volkswagen New Passat.

The new Passat model flaunts larger dimensions than its predecessor, thanks to a platform shared with the new Skoda Superb. It is only available in an estate version since the automaker discontinued the sedan with the previous generation. The pricing structure for the new Passat ultimately depends on the selected trim level: Life, Elegance, and R-Line. 

The Passat's larger dimensions translate to more passenger space and a significantly larger trunk capacity. The vehicle's underpinnings have been updated to improve refinement, with a new Vehicle Dynamics Management system enhancing handling and performance. 

The powertrain lineup offers a variety of options, starting with a 1.5-liter mild-hybrid petrol engine, with higher-powered 2.0-liter TSI petrol variants available, including a 4MOTION all-wheel-drive option. The all-new eHybrid models feature a 1.5-liter petrol engine and a larger 19.7kWh battery, offering an extended zero-emission range of 62 miles. 

Customers can choose from eHybrid powertrains with two power outputs: 201 horsepower (204 PS) and 268 horsepower (272 PS), both supporting AC and rapid charging. The newest iteration of the Passat Variant, now in its ninth generation, blurs segment lines by offering business-class luxury and family-friendly versatility in one vehicle. 

Despite being priced in the midsized class, the latest Passat Variant boasts a new size, quality, and innovative features that elevate it to compete with vehicles in the higher segments. 

The New Volkswagen Passat Turbodiesel Model

2024 Volkswagen Passat Turbodiesel.

Not to be outdone, Volkswagen is also introducing two new turbodiesel (TDI) versions to the Passat lineup. The entry-level Passat TDI with 121 horsepower (90 kW; 122 PS) sets a new standard for efficiency in the midsized estate segment. 

Meanwhile, the most potent TDI engine in the Passat family now churns out a respectable 191 horsepower (142 kW; 193 PS) and comes paired with the revered 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system as standard. These diverse drive variants seamlessly integrate into the Passat lineup, which includes the Variant and equipment lines such as Passat (entry-level version), Business, Elegance, and R-Line. 

The various Passat equipment lines mean there's a Passat for everyone, be it discerning business drivers or those seeking top-of-the-line luxury mobility.

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The New Passat eHybrid

2024 Volkswagen Passat eHybrid.

The VW Passat eHybrid models, available in both 201 horsepower (150 kW) and 268 horsepower (200 kW) configurations, represent the flagpole of Volkswagen's push towards electrification. 

Boasting world-class plug-in hybrid drive systems, these models offer impressive electric ranges and quick charging capabilities, making them ideal choices for both city driving and long-distance journeys. 

On the other hand, the TDI variants, including the efficient 121-hp version and the powerhouse 193-hp TDI 4MOTION, are targeted at drivers to whom performance and fuel efficiency have equal value. With robust torque figures and renowned reliability, these turbodiesel engines are perfect companions for frequent travelers and business professionals alike. 

The VW New Passat eTSI Model

2024 Volkswagen Passat eTSI.

Furthermore, Volkswagen has not forgotten about the mild hybrid enthusiasts, offering the Passat eTSI with a 110 kW (150 PS) engine option. Equipped with a 48 V belt-driven starter-alternator, the eTSI delivers a perfect balance of efficiency and power, catering to various driving preferences. 

A Global Bestseller

2024 Volkswagen New Passat drivetrains.

One of the key highlights of the new Passat is its advanced technology and modern design. The interior features a newly developed cockpit and upgraded infotainment system with a large display measuring 12.9 inches and an optional 15-inch screen. 

The vehicle is the first from Volkswagen to use a new fourth-generation operating system known as MIB4. Updates to the car's infotainment system also addressed customer feedback from the previous models, introducing backlit touch sliders for adjusting functions such as interior temperature and volume. 

A new head-up display also provides essential information projected onto the windshield for improved visibility and convenience. With over 34 million units sold worldwide since its inception five decades ago, the VW Passat is a global bestseller, alongside the Tiguan and Polo.

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