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.
2018 Volkswagen Passat Release date
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.
2018 Volkswagen Passat release date: late 2017
2018 Volkswagen Passat Price
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?
2018 Volkswagen Passat Redesign and Changes
The overall look of the new Passat is very modern, clean and fresh. Volkswagen have updated the front end of this new model with updated 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 VW have absolutely nailed it.
2018 Volkswagen Passat Video
2018 Volkswagen Passat Equipment
Expect to see the usual array of technology and equipment fitted (depending on trim level and options ticked); automatic wipers, auto LED headlights, lane assist, anti collision with auto 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.
2018 Volkswagen Passat Specs
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.