Facelifted versions of the Volkswagen Passat saloon and Passat estate, both of which are due for release in 2019, have been spied during winter testing. 

Revisions include updated front and rear bumpers, with design cues borrowed from the Arteon, while redesigned air intakes and a new front grille round off the visual changes based on the latest images.

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Inside, the Passat isn’t expected to change a huge amount. The infotainment system will likely receive a hike in quality and operating power, using Volkswagen’s latest 10.5-inch display.

Engine choices are likely to narrow, following Volkswagen’s recent cost-cutting and design-optimisation pledge at its 2018 Annual Session. Expect a narrow range of small-displacement, efficient petrol engines and at least one diesel.

Volkswagen’s latest 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, from the current Golf and T-Roc will replace the current 1.4.

However, the availability of the Passat plug-in hybrid will expand. The model is currently only available as the pricey Passat GTE, but VW is expected to make the powertrain available across the range as opposed to just a standalone model.

The powertrain, which will comprise a 154bhp 1.4-litre turbo engine and a 114bhp electric motor, will also be upgraded with an all-electric range of around 44 miles thanks to a larger 13kWh lithium-ion battery. It should also reduce the hybrid’s CO2 emissions to around 31g/km 

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Source: AutoExpress

December 7, 2018