New Modular Platform for Passat 2018 from Volkswagen


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.release date of new passat


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 VW Passat?


1. When Can We Expect 2018 Volkswagen Passat
2. About the Money
3. What’s Changed
4. Our Thoughts About the Car

Rumor has it that VW will release the 2018 Volkswagen Passat USA (as well as the Canada) version 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?

2018 Volkswagen Passat price

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.

What’s Changed?

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. It is likely to be a simple facelift of Passat.

vw passat 2018 facelift

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 no more Passat TDI for the US. 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.

Release date in the USA and in Canada expected in late 2017
Price might be increased by 3-5%, starting around $23,000 for the basic trim
Front-wheel drive layout will be the standard, while all-wheel drive 4Motion available for higher trims.
Powetrain options are likely to be the same 4-cylinder turbocharged with 1.8L displacement, producing over 170 HP. The second option will be naturally-aspirated V6. Plug-in hybrid modification is also possible.
Top speed range is expected from 116 to 154 MPH.
New lightweight platform will lead to fuel consumption decrease. We expected 24/36 MPG for city and highway driving respectively. It means 5-10% increase in mileage.

Model range of 2018 model year car:

  • Passat GTE
    This plug-in hybrid version of the VW mid-size sedan is currently unavailable for the US market, but could be in the nearest future, because it is the most profitable market for the hybrid vehicles.
  • Passat GT
    GT-version of Passat debuted as a concept car recently. Though it is unlikely to be put in production.
  • Passat Variant
    Unlikely to be available in the US.
  • Passat Alltrack
    Just like a station wagon version (Variant), it won’t come to the North America.
  • Passat R-Line
    Special ‘Sporty’ line is likely to be kept for the updated car as well.
  • Passat SEL
    US-spec Passat of 2018 model year is likely to keep the previous designation of trim levels. Thus, the SEL stands for the top-end trim fitted with all gadgets available.

Our Thoughts About New 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 Passat 2018 model year 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?
  • Josh

    what ever happened to the Passat Euro model ? It was supposed to have been here almost 3 years ago. I waited and when the new models arrived I was very disappointed and wound up purchasing a Chrysler 300. If VW fails to offer the Passat Euro model 2018 sales will remain low.

    • Carmi

      VW treats the Euopean’s much better than the Americans. They have been enjoying the Euro Passat as you mention for a few years. VW errs with their publicity photos. this page shows 2 different interiors, and looks like crap. Has the impeccable German advertising also gone south ?

  • Jhana Snowden

    not forgiven. wanted new ’15 tdi since my gen 2 wasn’t offered a fix and they are selling them at sticker. 36k for a 2 yr old car. i think not. article in guardian also cautioned me regarding cars being broken after stage 2 of the fix is applied. although percentage is low, i won’t be a part of any of it.

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The new updated Passat is likely to get a minor facelift, new equipment and a slightly updated powertrains.

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