Volkswagen unveiled the all-new 2020 Passat sedan on Monday at the 2019 Detroit auto show. It’s the first major revamp of VW’s mid-size sedan offering in the US since 2011.
“Passat is the only midsize sedan to offer German driving dynamics at an affordable price and has long resonated with buyers for its combination of comfort, reliability and driving dynamics,” Volkswagen North America CEO, Scott Keogh, said in a statement. “With this new model, we’ve stepped up the style factor and upgraded the technology to make it even more attractive. ”
The redesigned Passat will continue to compete in a shrinking, but highly competitive mid-size sedan market currently dominated by the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Nissan Altima.
Aesthetically, the Tennessee-built Passat draws heavily from the recently released 2019 Jetta compact sedan.
Power for the Passat comes from a mildly-updated version of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine found in the current model. Horsepower remains at 174, but a new torque converter and updated software boost torque output from 184 pound-feet to 207 pound-feet.
The only transmission available will be a six-speed automatic sending power to the front wheels.
The Passat will get an updated touchscreen running Volkswagen’s stellar MIB II infotainment system. MIB II is equipped with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration.
VW’s mid-size sedan will also get a host of updated safety tech such as adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, lane keep assist, and park assist.
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat will arrive in US showrooms in the summer of 2019. Official pricing for the 2020 Passat has not been announced. However, the current 2019 model starts at $25,295.
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