Less than a month ago, our spy photographers first spotted the next-generation Volkswagen Passat testing in the snow. However, VW used the body of the current car to hide the new model, but a new batch of spy photos has captured the long-roofed wagon wearing its production body.
The next-gen model doesn’t look all that different from the test vehicle spotted a few weeks ago, but VW is doing a very typical VW thing here: hiding the changes under stickers. VW glued them to the front and rear fascias, covering the headlights and taillights while deforming the front and rear bumpers. It’s a nifty trick, but one we know – and can spot – all too well.
The Passat, which is only available as a wagon, looks more bulbous than the model it will replace, an element most noticeable around the rear window, which looks squashed. The wagon also sports a new hatch spoiler that extends to the sides, only increasing its size. VW no longer offers the Passat sedan and the Passat nameplate has left the US market altogether.
Rumors are swirling that the next generation VW Passat will increase in size, and spy photos seem to back up that claim. We’ll have to wait for official measurements to be sure, but a bigger car could mean more space for passengers and cargo, and that’s still a win, especially as consumers around the world flock to crossovers and SUVs.
VW will likely offer a variety of petrol and diesel engines for the new Passat, with a mild-hybrid powertrain coming as standard. We expect VW to add plug-in hybrid versions to the road alongside the introduction of the updated Passat Alltrack variant, which should bring a higher ride height and additional cladding to intimidate the RAV4 stuck alongside. you in traffic on your morning commute.
The next-generation Passat is in the early stages of development, which means we don’t expect VW to unveil the new model until next year for the 2024 model year. of official. We haven’t seen the interior of the Passat yet, but it’s set to undergo a major overhaul that further streamlines the inclusion of the latest in-car technology and screens.