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Information on 2014 VW Passat

By SYF77 on 07 Jan 2012

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The current B7 VW Passat (above) was the result of a major facelift from the B6 version and was unveiled at the Paris Motorshow in September 2010. 4 years later in early 2014, VW will release the next generation Passat, codenamed B8.

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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.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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