Σήμερα, άνοιξαν οι πύλες της έκθεσης του Detroit και τα μοντέλα που θα παρουσιαστούν εκεί άρχισαν να κάνουν τον γύρω του κόσμου. Η Volkswagen παρουσίασε εκεί το νέο της μεσαίο οικογενειακό που μέχρι σήμερα το ξέραμε ως NMS. Πως λέγεται τελικά το αυτοκίνητο αυτό; Passat! Ναι Passat, στην ουσία είναι Αμερικανική έκδοση του πετυχημένου μοντέλου των Γερμανών αλλά δεν θυμίζει και πολύ τον Ευρωπαίο αδερφό του.
Αρχικά, η σχεδίαση του μπορούμε να πούμε ότι θυμίζει αυτό του Jetta ενώ είναι σαφώς μεγαλύτερο σε διαστάσεις από την δική μας έκδοση, αφού έχει μήκος 4.87 μέτρα (99 χιλιοστά μεγαλύτερο από την Ευρωπαϊκή έκδοση), με το μεταξόνιο να έχει μεγαλώσει κατά 91 χιλιοστά φτάνοντας τα 2.80 μέτρα. Σε ότι αφορά το πλάτος του, αυτό έχει αυξηθεί κατά 13 χιλιοστά.
Εξωτερικά διαθέτει νέας σχεδίασης πορτμπαγκάζ, επανασχεδιασμένα πίσω φωτιστικά σώματα, νέο πίσω προφυλακτήρα, νέα εμπρός φτερά, ελαφρά επανασχεδιασμένες πόρτες και διαφορετικής σχεδίασης οροφή. Στο εσωτερικό ξεχωρίζει ο πίνακας οργάνων που θυμίζει πολύ τον αντίστοιχο του Touareg με τα χρωμιομένα διακοσμητικά να δίνουν μια luxury εικόνα. Αξίζει να σημειωθεί το Passat έχει τον μεγαλύτερο διαθέσιμο χώρο για πόδια των επιβατών του, στη κατηγορία του. Όπως πάντα, 3 πακέτα εξοπλισμού θα είναι διαθέσιμα με τον βασικό εξοπλισμό να διαθέτει ηλεκτρονικά ρυθμιζόμενο κλιματισμό, ηλεκτρικά παράθυρα, cruise control, ένδειξη εξωτερικής θερμοκρασίας και σύνδεση Bluetooth. Φυσικά στον επιπλέον εξοπλισμό υπάρχουν διαθέσιμες αρκετές προτάσεις όπως ηλεκτρικά δερμάτινα καθίσματα, σύστημα GPS, ξύλινες επενδύσεις και άλλα πολλά.
Από μηχανικής πλευράς μην περιμένετε να δείτε TSI και TFSI κινητήρες. Εκεί είναι Αμερική και μικροί κινητήρες δεν έχουν λόγο ύπαρξης. Entry level είναι ένας πεντακύλιδρος 2.5 λίτρων απόδοσης 170 ίππων με 24 κιλά ροπής ο οποίος συνδυάζεται είτε με ένα 5-τάχυτο χειροκίνητο κιβώτιο ταχυτήτων είτε με ένα αυτόματο 6-τάχυτο. Διαθέσιμος είναι και ένας V6 3.6 λίτρων απόδοσης 280 ίππων με 35 κιλά ροπής ο οποίος συνδυάζεται αποκλειστικά με το γνωστό 6-τάχυτο DSG κιβώτιο.
Φυσικά υπάρχει διαθέσιμη και μια πετρελαιοκίνητη έκδοση η οποία φορά τον 2.0λιτρο TDI απόδοσης 140 ίππων με 35 κιλά ροπής με την αυτονομία του να αγγίζει τα 1.287 χλμ!
Όπως έχει γίνει γνωστό εδώ και καιρό, το νέο Volkswagen Passat θα κατασκευάζεται στο εργοστάσιο της πόλης Chattanooga στο Tennessee με την παραγωγή του να ξεκινά μέσα στον χρόνο με αρχική τιμή γύρω στις $20.000. Video, φωτογραφίες και αναλυτικό δελτίο τύπου στη συνέχεια.
Initial facts: Born in the USA: World premiere of the largest Passat ever!
– Redesigned Passat is built in America; TDI boosts fuel economy to 43 mpg
– 4.87-metre Passat will launch in mid-August in the 20,000 dollar price range
Wolfsburg / Herndon / Detroit, 10 January 2011 – The Jetta – whose latest version was tailored to the USA more than ever – is the most successful car in America with German technology. Now, that best-seller is being followed by the world premiere of a car in the next class up – another model that Volkswagen has specifically developed for the United States: the entirely new Passat. Larger, more comfortable, more efficient and with higher quality than ever. The car’s technology and styling came from Germany, while Volkswagen of America provided the conceptual direction. The saloon will be built in the new US plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Market launch begins in mid-August.
Even the base version is driven by a powerful 125 kW / 170 PS five-cylinder petrol engine (extra urban driving range with automatic transmission: 31 mpg). Other engine options: an extremely economical Clean Diesel (TDI) with 102 kW / 140 PS (43 mpg extra urban) and a six-cylinder petrol engine, the VR6 with 206 kW / 280 PS, which is paired with a standard dual clutch transmission (DSG). The alliance of VR6 and DSG makes the Passat a top-flight sports saloon (28 mpg extra urban; 0-60 mph in 6.5 s).
Features: all key features are standard
Although the new Passat offers considerably more space and comfort, Volkswagen was able to reduce the price level by several thousand dollars (!) compared to the previous model. With its entry-level price, the Passat is now in the 20,000 US dollar range (final prices to be announced in March). There is hardly any other saloon of this size (exactly 191.7 inches or 4,868 mm long) that offers such high technology and quality at a comparable price.
Volkswagen of America will offer the Passat in three equipment lines: S, SE and SEL. Even the base version (S) is very well equipped. A tyre pressure monitoring system, ESP electronic stabilisation programme, ABS with braking assistant, Hill Climb Assist (with manual transmission and DSG), six airbags and an extremely safe body structure combine to form an effective occupant protection system. Other standard features include electric windows all round, air conditioning, insulating glass, a distinctive analogue clock in the centre of the instrument panel, cruise control, outside temperature display with frost warning, radio-CD system (MP3-capable, plus external audio input) and a Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone system (with voice activation).
Just how ingeniously the Passat was designed is illustrated by two of its features. First: “Valet Parking.” If the car is to be driven by a third party, a press of the Valet Parking button in the glove compartment is all it takes to secure the boot and the compartment itself. Then they can only be opened with the special Valet Parking Key accessible only to the vehicle owner. Second: “Remote Start.” In extreme weather conditions, the driver can start the engine (automatic or DSG transmission) by remote control (maximum ten minutes running time) to have the climate control system either cool down or heat the car’s interior to a preset temperature before driving off.
Styling: visual dominance of a large saloon
It is the balanced proportions of the new Passat that give it its entirely unique, timeless and dominant styling. Just a few precise lines suffice to define its form. These style lines reflect par excellence the Volkswagen’s new “design DNA”: clear, minimal forms and lines with a predominance of horizontal body elements. Visually, this impressive styling launches the Passat up half a class. The bottom line: this car looks much more expensive than it actually is.
Interior: here too, the Passat has the look of very expensive cars
As mentioned, the new Volkswagen has a length of 191.7 inches (4,868 mm). Its wheelbase is 110.4 inches (2,803 mm) and its width is 72.2 inches (1,835 mm). So, its size has increased in all three dimensions compared to the previous model, which already offered a spacious interior. As can be expected, the new car offers even more impressive interior space. The larger wheelbase translates into a noticeable increase in rear seating space; in this aspect, the stately Passat protects its lead over its key Asian competitors. Typical Volkswagen: without exception, the car’s controls are self-explanatory; every driver can intuitively operate the new Passat. Over the past ten years, Volkswagen has defined its own completely new ergonomic standard, a standard that is reflected by the high quality of materials that are used.
Passat in America: potential to be a bestseller
The first Passats found their way to America back in 1987. Since then, over 700,000 Passats have been sold between New York and Los Angeles. Plans are in place to produce about one million new generation US Passats over the next seven years. The contrast between these two figures – 0.7 million Passats in 23 years versus 1.0 million Passats in just seven years now – makes a clear statement about the new Passat’s key role for Volkswagen of America. The company wants to triple the total annual volume of all of its models in the USA to about 800,000 units by 2018. Incidentally, to date over 15 million people have chosen a Passat; so this Volkswagen model series represents one of the very great successes in automotive history.
VOLKSWAGEN REVEALS THE ALL-NEW PASSAT – A FIRST-IN-CLASS VEHICLE THAT DELIVERS SUPERIOR GERMAN ENGINEERING AND IS BUILT IN AMERICA
The larger, sophisticated Passat offers best-in-class rear legroom, remarkable fuel efficiency estimated at 43 mpg with a driving experience only Volkswagen can deliver.
Wolfsburg / Herndon / Detroit – Volkswagen of America, Inc., today announced the world debut of the all-new Passat, a transformational car in Volkswagen’s ambitious growth plan for the U.S. market.
Designed in Germany and made in America, the Passat was developed as a larger vehicle with premium features and handling characteristics that will perfectly match it with the tastes and lifestyles of Americans. It will be built in Chattanooga, Tenn., at the world’s newest, most advanced and environmentally responsible auto assembly plant.
The new Passat, the largest ever, is the only midsize sedan that offers superior German engineering at an accessible price. The Passat TDI – the only clean diesel option in the segment – is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles.
Final pricing will be announced in the spring, but the Passat will start at around $20,000 when it arrives in dealer showrooms later this year. It will come with premium standard features that include automatic climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.
The new Passat offers best-in-class legroom, Volkswagen’s Care Free Maintenance program (3 years/36,000 miles) and the safety of Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System.
Volkswagen’s new Chattanooga plant that will produce the Passat is part of a $4 billion investment by the company in the U.S. market. The environmentally friendly facility includes a revolutionary paint shop that significantly reduces emissions. A state-of-the art $40 million employee training center ensures adherence to Volkswagen’s exacting quality standards.
The Passat will set new benchmarks for safety, driving performance and environmental responsibility in the midsize segment.
Engine and Transmission The all-new Passat offers three drivetrain options: a responsive 2.5L gasoline engine, a remarkably eco-friendly 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel and a powerful 3.6L VR6.
The 2.5L five cylinder engine (170 hp/177 lb.-ft.), which is being offered in the Passat for the first time, will be mated to a standard 5 speed manual transmission. As an alternative, the 2.5 multi port injection engine may be paired with a 6-speed automatic.
The quiet, four cylinder 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel (140 hp/236 lb.-ft.) has the power of a six cylinder gasoline engine and the fuel economy of a hybrid. The Passat TDI is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles. Volkswagen’s TDI clean diesel engines, which come with a NOx storage catalytic converter, are among the cleanest engines in the world, fulfilling emissions requirements in all 50 states. Optional on the Passat TDI will be Volkswagen’s legendary 6-speed DSG transmission.
The 3.6 liter VR6 (280 hp/258 lb.-ft.) makes the new Passat a top-flight sport sedan. It offers power and luxury-class driving comfort, with European-type restraint in its fuel consumption – estimated at 28 mpg on the highway.
Gear shifting on the new Passat VR6 is handled by a standard 6-speed DSG; the dual-clutch transmission is considered the most efficient automatic in the world. This technologically advanced six-speed transmission incorporates an automatic dual-clutch system that instantly engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal. With a special computer controlling the process, one clutch is engaged on the next gear while the clutch from the previous gear is released. The results are crisp, quick shifts, without the loss of power that is experienced with a traditional manual gearbox.
The Passat will be offered in three trim levels, S SE and SEL, with a total of 16 equipment levels. All will offer first-in-class safety and comfort.
The Passat’s safety features include Volkswagen’s advanced Intelligent Crash Response Systems, which initiates automatic safety protections in a collision – the fuel supply and high consumption electronic equipment shuts off; the doors unlock; the battery terminal disconnects from the alternator cable; the hazard lights switch on.
The Passat also comes with a tire pressure monitoring system, ESP electronic stabilization program, ABS with braking assistant, Hill Climb Assist (with manual transmission), six airbags and an extremely rigid body structure to protect the driver and passengers.
The Passat sets new standards for comfort, with a significantly larger rear seating area, best-in-class rear seat legroom, well-designed controls and superior touring properties.
Other standard features include automatic climate control, power windows all around, air conditioning, insulating glass, a distinctive analog clock at the center of the instrument panel, cruise control, outside temperature display with frost warning, radio-CD system (MP3-capable, plus external audio input) and Bluetooth connectivity.
Premium options include 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, power seat adjustment, leather, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, a touchscreen satellite radio, a choice of Volkswagen’s RNS 510 or RNS 315 navigation systems, front fog lights with static cornering lights, wood decor, new ambiance lighting, memory driver’s seat, power passenger seat, and keyless access with push button start.
The Passat will also offer the new Fender premium audio system, designed exclusively for Volkswagen. In a partnership that combined quality automotive engineering and quality sound engineering, Volkswagen and Fender teamed up to bring the raw emotion of live music to the driving experience. Exterior The Passat’s balanced proportions give it a unique, timeless and dominant styling reflecting the “design DNA” developed by Walter de Silva, the Italian design chief for the Volkswagen Group and Klaus Bischoff, the German design leader for the Volkswagen Brand. The signature clean design, with a predominance of horizontal body elements, reinforces the Passat’s position as the sophisticated choice in the midsize segment. The bottom line: this car looks much more expensive than it actually is.
The key identifying feature of a strong brand is the styling of its front end. Here the Passat displays the new horizontal brand face, with the grille and headlights forming a single unit. Unlike models in the compact class, the Passat’s grille is sculpted in a three-dimensional shape. Moreover, the grille stands more upright and makes a more distinctive and elegant impression in its stricter geometry.
From the side profile, the muscular ridge in the sill area creates a lively interplay of light reflections. Powerfully sculpted wheel arches emphasize the dynamic properties of the Passat. In the balance of the side profile, the roof lines flow toward the back with a nearly coupe-like cut of the rear window. Three side windows create luxury class style with a long, extended glass surface.
The rear section is also dominated by horizontal lines. The lines of the large taillights rise toward the sides, underscoring the dynamics of the elegant rear styling. Another unique feature here is the design of the two-part taillights (integrated in the rear fender and trunk lid).
The Passat shows the look of considerably more expensive cars. The new, larger Passat is 191.7 inches long and has a 110.4 inch wheelbase, which translates into a noticeable increase in rear seating space.
Like the exterior, the interior is also marked by a clean and geometric formal structure. Interior styling consistently follows the maxims of functionality. Controls are attractive and easy to operate.
The instrument panel is similar to that of Volkswagen’s flagship vehicle, the all-new Touareg. Chrome trimmed gauges surround a digital multifunction display. A high-end chrome look is also applied to the air vents in the cockpit, and to the surrounds of the radio, navigation system and the climate control panels. The rotary light switch and parking brake handle button are also treated in chrome. Except for the base version, all other Passat trims have chrome interior accents on the window, mirror adjustment and trunk opening switches.
The upper and lower instrument areas are visually distinguished by various decorative accents, depending on the equipment version. Decorative elements in “Titan” design are used in the S version; the elegant “Titan Silver Printed” decor is used in the SE version, wood décor “Autumn Nut Burl” is featured in the exclusive SEL version. The accents not only upgrade the instruments, but also the center console as well as the door trim panels.
The seats are exceptionally comfortable. Even in the base version, the driver’s seat is adjustable eight ways, including lumbar support.
The new Passat and the all-new Jetta are expected to be the sales leaders in Volkswagen’s plan to significantly increase market share in the United States. The company’s strategy is built on a broad portfolio of products that offers cars accessible to the majority as well as vehicles for car enthusiasts.