According to Autoweek.nl, the all new model will ride on the new MQB platform which will also underpin the next-generation Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. The modular MQB platform provides greater dimensional flexibility to the VW models. A Passat coupe is rumored to be in the pipeline as well and would be positioned one rung below the Audi A5. Even though B8 virtually maintains the current length, width and height, the interior is half a size bigger. Insiders predict new styling traits such as a bolder plan view, a more three-dimensional grille, larger C-pillars and a more advanced LED light treatment. The weight is said to come down by about 75 kg, and the assembly can be sped up thanks to a larger number of prefabricated modules.
The Passat is rumored have a plug-in hybrid variant with about 168 hp. It has an electric-only range of 50km. For the conventional engines, the petrol units will likely be equipped with a start/stop system to enhance fuel efficiency while the diesels could be outfitted with NOx catalysts to meet Euro6 emission standards.