The Germans this year presented information on the next-generation VW Passat and discussed the regionalized powertrain strategy for Volkswagen’s long-standing nameplate. The work on new VW Passat 2023 have already started and the mid-size car, codenamed VW B9, will continue on the MQB and will come as a plug-in hybrid and have an all-electric counterpart.
MQB-based VW Passat 2023 for Europe developed by Skoda, manufactured in Bratislava
According to Auto Zeitung, the 2023 Volkswagen model is intended to appeal to company car drivers and families with large space requirements. The future Passat will share the assembly line in Bratislava with the next generation of the Skoda Superb, whose wheelbase is expected to be around five centimeters (2,841 mm) longer. The trunk volume could also increase. The days of the four-door VW sedan in Europe are numbered; the future belongs to the Passat Variant and maybe even a new five-door hatchback.
In contrast to the coupé VW Arteon, the Passat hatchback is not allowed to have frameless doors, but classic door frames. As before, the Passat offers an extensive range of engines consisting of turbo petrol, turbo diesel with twin turbo, SCR catalytic converter technology and plug-in hybrids. With plug-in hybrids expected to become popular in 2023, VW will work to also offer a fast charging system, the report concludes.
According to a report by Auto Express, Volkswagen could offer two plug-in hybrid powertrain options for the next-generation Passat. The first variant would produce around 200 hp and the other with 242 hp. The base plug-in variant could be called eHybrid and the top-end plug-in hybrid variant GTE. The 200hp Passat eHybrid PHEV may get the 13kWh battery pack of the current Passat GTE, with a range of around 35 miles (WLTP). The 242hp Passat GTE may feature a larger battery pack, allowing for a significantly longer EV range (WLTP) of 80 miles.
American VW Passat ‘NMS’ to be replaced by all-electric model
In February 2020, it was almost certain that the Volkswagen Passat, one of the longest-running nameplates in the world, would be followed by an electric model in the United States. The possibility was confirmed by Volkswagen America COO Johan de Nysschen to Roadshow, CNET at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.
The Passat is a car that we plan to have a limited lifespan. It’s probably a reasonable assumption that by the time this Passat reaches the end of its life cycle, its successor will likely not have an internal combustion engine.
Johan de Nysschen, Chief Operating Officer, VW Group of America, told CNET in February 2020
The Passat product ranges in the US and Europe have different timetables. The latest generation of the sedan was launched in the US in 2019 (the vehicle is made for the US market with some differences), while in Europe the current Passat has been on sale since 2015. Both are technically different, but their Spiritula successor is already from the VW ID. Family.
Volkswagen announced in July 2021 that it would end production of the US Passat at its Chattanooga plant with the 2022 model year. The company has introduced a limited edition Passat to celebrate its integral role in shaping the brand in the United States. It will only produce 1973 units of the Passat Limited Edition, commemorating the year the first Passat was introduced in Germany.
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The first generation Passat arrived in the US back in 1974, albeit as a Dasher. Its successor also bore a different name in the US Quantum. Only in the third generation did Volkswagen start selling it under the original name in the country. The company introduced another Passat (NMS) based on the PQ46 platform for the United States in January 2011. The second generation Passat NMS broke cover just two years ago in January 2019 and will end its journey unusually early.
The new VW ID. Midsize sedan would be the production version of Volkswagen’s ID Vizzion concept, first shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. With the Vizzion Concept, Volkswagen presented an avant-garde, next-generation premium-class sedan that drives autonomously, can be operated by voice and gesture control and has artificial intelligence. The project is codenamed Aero B, and the electric model will hit American showrooms in 2023.
The European Passat Variant gets an EV alternative thanks to the MEB
According to Germany’s Auto Bild, the Vizzion concept is the key influence in designing the electric counterpart of the Passat Variant (Passat Estate), which the publication could call the VW ID.7. The report notes that the overall dimensions would be similar to the concept with minor changes, so expect a length of almost 4.96 meters, a width of 1.9 meters and a height of 1.56 meters, giving up on rumors of a larger one height corresponds to .
Inside, the electric Passat alternative offers a central 15.6-inch buttonless infotainment system equipped with a driver HUD and a small screen to display essential parameters such as speed and odometer. The steering wheel would be buttonless as it features a capacitive display to cycle through the various menus.
The seats of the Passat Variant EV are fitted with AppleSkin, with 20 percent of the artificial leather coming from leftover apples. In future model year updates, this material could also have a metallic finish, reports Auto Bild.
Finally, for base variants, the electric station wagon gets an 82-kWh battery with a 279-hp electric motor on the rear axle, while AWD models get an additional 102-hp motor on the front axle. This should unlock a range of 590 km in the WLTP cycle.
With Volkswagen investing billions of dollars in the MEB electric architecture and planning to sell one million electric vehicles worldwide by the end of 2023, it’s not surprising that nameplates like the Polo, Golf and Passat now have competition from all sides in the showroom . electrical counterparts.