OK, let’s just get this done – yes, Volkswagen were a little naughty when it came to emissions, but we can guarantee they aren’t the only manufacturer that might have ‘massaged’ the figures, but look beyond that – Volkswagen make great cars, and while the Passat may not be flavor of the month for everyone, it certainly doesn’t suffer from being a Volkswagen.
The Volkswagen Passat has seemingly gone through a transformation; it wasn’t that long ago that the Passat would have been the last choice, end of the line bargain that was always the last one to picked for the prom, never really taking the fight to its more successful European competitors.
However, gradually, Volkswagen cottoned on to the fact that their baby wasn’t quite as pretty or well-appointed as the others; small and subtle styling changes started and over the years, they’ve gently updated and improved the look of the Passat, the 2018 model really does look quite pretty.
But it still isn’t as popular as other models in the same segment, which we find quite incredible – Volkswagen have always delivered quality, even more so after the aforementioned emissions debacle – they need to win customers back, they’re really pushing the boat out with the newer models.
When Can We Expect 2018 Volkswagen Passat?
|Contents||Rumor has it that VW will release the 2018 Volkswagen Passat in the fourth quarter of 2017, we’d expect to see it in November, it’s very doubtful that they’ll push the release date back any further than that.
Normally when a model is really popular, the date is much earlier, but alas, the VeeDub Passat is ‘just another’ car that very few actually look forward to – it’s mainly commercial clients.
About the Money
We think that Volkswagen have the pricing for the Passat perhaps even a little on the cheap side; the 2018 Passat should start in the region of $24,000, which for an auto aiming as high as this, is certainly good value. Perhaps this is just VW trying to brush off their past?
The good news is that this means old stock that the dealer wants rid of will be discounted even further, so if you’re looking for a super bargain, then the outgoing stock is it, provided that you aren’t after the very latest Model Year.
The overall look of the new Passat is very modern, clean and fresh. Volkswagen have updated the front end of this new model with newer headlamps, slightly redesigned grille and restyled bumpers – it’s a cheap and easy way to update the look of a model, all manufacturers do it, but we think Volkswagen have absolutely nailed it.
Expect to see the usual array of technology and equipment fitted (depending on trim level and options ticked); automatic wipers, auto LED headlights, lane keeping assist, anti-collision with auto emergency braking, rear view camera, keyless entry and start, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – remember that Volkswagen want your business, they’ll be making their products as attractive as possible, this means fitting as much as they can as standard, and at the worse, not actually charging a premium for the extras.
There has been no confirmation of changes or updates to the powertrain, and Volkswagen have openly stated that they won’t be pushing their ‘clean diesel’ technology in the U.S., so it’s likely that we’ll see the 2018 Passat launched with the same powertrain configurations, so that would mean a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder turbo with 170 BHP and 184 lb/ft of torque and a 3.6 liter V6 with 280 BHP and 258 lb of torque – it may be that Volkswagen tweak them slightly for fuel efficiency or power, but it’s unlikely to add any radical change.
Our Thoughts About VW Passat 2018
Clearly, Volkswagen have been through some pretty tough times over the last few years and their reputation has suffered immensely because of it, but let’s be honest – up until the emissions ‘thing’, people purchased them in their droves and they were considered one of the best European manufacturers out there, especially when taking in to account the price.
Isn’t it about time that we looked past that minor blip in their history and went back to loving these autos? After all, they are always super-reliable, reasonably fast, handle and ride well, and dare we say it… give good gas mileage.
If the renderings are anything to go by, we think that the new 2018 Volkswagen Passat is going to be a pretty decent seller – the trick for Volkswagen is to try and capture the private buyer rather than the commercial client using them as renters or company cars, if they can do this, then we are pretty sure that the Passat will continue on.
What do you think of the new Passat? Have you forgiven VW? Would you buy another Volkswagen?