The updated Volkswagen Passat should have been presented at the end of this year. However, the debut of the sedan will definitely take place later. The possible reason for delay is a transition to more environmentally friendly engines.
The Volkswagen Passat is rumored to arrive in 2018 after restyling in the mid-life cycle. Recently, however, a pre-series prototype has been seen on snow-covered roads, in which the front and rear parts are in camouflage.
This means that the debut of the updated Passat will take place in 2019, and not even in its beginning.
The company does not comment why they postponed the launch. Apparently, it is because of engines, or rather, the need to comply with more stringent environmental tests of WLTP.
It’s still premature to talk about available motors. Perhaps, VW will remove the diesel ones from the line-up or add another hybrid version. New combinations of engines with a seven-speed DSG transmission are possible. We’ll see.
The Volkswagen Passat GTE is sold well in Europe. The model is one of the five best-selling plug-in hybrids.