Hawkmoths use camouflage to disguise themselves as snakes to deter predators. For the same reason, Volkswagen prototypes are disguised as old models.
The main predators of the 2024 Volkswagen Passat prototypes are spy photographers, although this camouflage has not fooled them, as this series of pictures proves.
Remove the front and rear camouflage that resembles the previous model’s headlights and taillights, and we’ll see trade wind slightly developed lines.
There is still a sharp crease on the side of the car, although the glass roof has been slightly changed to D-pillars.
It looks like there’s a lower hood and a more aggressive front bumper, but if you like the looks of the current Passat wagon, you’re unlikely to find anything objectionable here.
The interior heralds a bigger change, being Volkswagen’s next move to touch-sensitive capacitive controls with climate settings controlled solely via the touchscreen.
Said the touch screen for previous spy photosappears larger and protrudes from the dashboard.
While the last Passat for the Chinese market launched in 2019 was offered as a sedan, the new global Passat will reportedly be a wagon only. The current global Passat sedan has already been discontinued.
It is expected to debut in 2023 as a 2024 model year and could be the last Passat with internal combustion engines.
The powerful Alltrack is expected to return, as is the plug-in hybrid, and Volkswagen Australia says it is I want to finally bring an electrified Passat here.
VW Australia head of passenger cars Michal Shanecki recently told CarExpert that the connected Passat could join the Golf GTE and Tiguan eHybrid PHEVs scheduled to be launched in Australia in 2023. Plug-in hybrid Touareg R also joins the local range.
“We’re looking at the Passat segment for our plug-in hybrid expansion, it would be natural,” said Mr. Shanecki, “that would probably exhaust our [plug-in hybrid] range, at least possibly for the foreseeable future.”
Based on the latest MQB platform (called MQB Evo), the new Passat is expected to grow in most dimensions and offer a more electrified powertrain line-up, including 48V petrol and diesel engines with a mild hybrid, as well as the brand’s next-generation plug-in. – in a hybrid system.
Said PHEV powertrain will be based on VW’s latest 1.5 TSI evo2 turbocharged petrol engine which was recently launched in T-Roc crossover in foreign markets. The new engine has been designed to be compatible “with fuels containing ingredients produced from renewable energy sources” as well as “with different levels of hybridisation”.
In a recent European media release, VW indicated that a PHEV system of up to 200 kW would be “possible”, while Cupra said its upcoming Terramar hybrid SUV, which is likely to be based on the same platform, will offer 100 kilometers of EV range . training ground
The current Passat GTE plug-in hybrid has a total system output of 160kW and 400Nm and a claimed WLTP range of 59.5km.
It’s currently the flagship Passat in markets like the UK that don’t get the more powerful petrol engine options that Australia gets.
The Passat is being developed together with the next generation Skoda Superb and will be built next to it in Slovakia, not in Emden, Germany, as in every previous generation.
It is expected to grow in size and may rival the Superb in terms of size.
The current Passat estate measures 4,777mm in length, 1,832mm in width and 1,477mm in height (1,506mm on the Alltrack) on a 2,791mm wheelbase.
The Alltrack has the same dimensions as the wagon, except it is 1506mm tall. All models have a 650 liter boot, which increases to 1780 liters with the rear seats folded.
By contrast, the current Skoda Superb estate is 79mm longer and 32mm wider on a 50mm longer wheelbase and has an extra 10L of boot space, or 170L with the rear seats down.
Although the ID.3 and ID.4 are electric alternatives to the Golf and Tiguan respectively, Volkswagen is working on another car based on a special MEB architecture to compete in the mid-size segment.
Revealed in concept form earlier this year as the ID. Aeroit will be produced in Emden from 2023.
The company says it will be offered worldwide, specifically mentioning the European, Chinese and North American markets, and it will also be manufactured in China.
The station wagon has not yet been revealed, but the former ID. Vizzion and ID. The Space Vizzion concepts teased a mid-size electric sedan and wagon duo.