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“The introduction of the award-winning Passat will become the biggest product launch of the year for Volkswagen Philippines…we expect it to lead the pack and our confidence stems from the winning characteristics of spaciousness, refinement, power, technology, and safety that only a German-engineered Volkswagen vehicle can seamlessly combine,” says Mr. John Philip Orbeta, Volkswagen Philippines President and CEO.
Targeted for executives and businessmen with a high level of prestige, the Passat has been earning favorable reviews worldwide for its passenger and cargo space, refined and quiet ride, power engines, and top safety scores.
The Passat comes straight from Wolfsburg, Germany to the Philippines complete with design and technological touches that make it a standout in the executive car class. Clarity and power are the two defining aspects of the all-new Passat and aims to go for a design that’s not simply fashionable but remains contemporary. The lines emphasize length with a ‘cab-backward design’ that includes a long hood that creates a high-class feel. Among the exterior features include LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, and a rear view camera.
Along with the timeless exterior, the interior designers have developed a cockpit with high levels of aesthetics, clarify, and quality. The horizontally-themed cockpit features precisely executed details such as the Active Info Display that replaces traditional gauge clusters with a large LCD display. Furthermore, it has features such as a working GPS navigation system, an infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, 12-way electric front seats with built-in massagers for the driver, and a tri-zone climate control system.
Initially, it will be offered with a single powertrain: a 2.0-liter TSI gasoline engine shared with the Golf GTI hot hatch. The front-wheel drive Passat tops out with 220 horsepower. This engine is mated to a quick shifting 6-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) that integrates a coasting function. In addition, it also has the Golf’s Driving Profile Selector that allows the driver to switch to one of five driving modes: Eco, Sport, Comfort, Normal, and Individual. This 2.0 TSI engine also features Volkswagen’s Blue Motion technology that further reduces carbon dioxide emissions while increasing fuel efficiency. Among the technology present are: an idle start/stop, regenerative braking technology, and the use of low rolling resistance tires. This initial powertrain set-up will be joined by a TDI turbo diesel engine soon making the Passat the only one in the executive sedan class to offer both gasoline and diesel-fed variants.
The all-new Passat will be officially launched on October 21 and will be available in at least two variants: the High Line and Business Line models. The indicative pricing starts from P 2,250,000 and tops out at P 2,750,000.