2016 Volkswagen Passat U.S. version revealed
Volkswagen has officially unveiled the facelifted 2016 Passat in the United States. This is the variant we get in the GCC, a slightly larger sedan than the excellent European one.
The changes done to the U.S. version seem to be less exensive than the European one, featuring new bumpers, a different grille and optional LED headllights and taillights, aside from a restyled boot-lid and extra chrome trim.
There is a new R-Line version that features a more aggressive front bumper, unique side skirts and a rear diffuser. It also has black accents and 19-inch alloy wheels.
The interior has a new instrument panel, a redesigned steering wheel and higher quality materials. A new MIB II infotainment system with USB/Bluetooth connectivity as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink compatibility is available. New options include heated rear seats and an “Easy-Open” keyless access trunk that opens when an owner’s foot is placed underneath it.
Three engines will be available, namely a 1.8-litre TSI 4-cylinder, a 2.0-litre TDI turbodiesel 4-cylinder and a 3.6-litre FSI V6, all existing engines from the VW corporate family.
Expect the new Passat to debut in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other GCC markets by early next year.
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