The newest 2018 Volkswagen Passat is going to attempt to make the popularity of the car larger and boost sales compared to the competition. The current model is in fact the top selling vehicle that VW has put out in America, but it still does not manages to reach the numbers which the closest rivals are putting out. So they need to make some moves and change the situation in their favor. It is still not sure if the 2018 Volkswagen Passat will be able to do so but here is what the car appears like for now.
Volkswagen is very much compelled to become one of the top automakers in the world and in order to do that they need to make a breakthrough in the US market. For now, they have not managed to put a dent in it and it does not only show for the Passat but for their other models which are roaming around in the American market.
But the change in leadership which was made may prove to be a good thing for VW. The new CEO is convinced that the newest facelifted version that they are preparing is going to make a lot of difference. The model is already known for offering a lot of space and comfort and is one of the safest sedan models in the segment. So will the update help the 2018 Volkswagen Passat reach its potential, we will have to wait and see once the release date is finalized.
When is the Release Date for the ?
As far as we have learned to know the newest 2018 Volkswagen Passat is prepared to make an appearance by the end of this year. The model will appear in the American market as it was expected by mid-2017 and will continue to go on sale after that in all of its respective markets. Since the US is the most important market for them, they are going to concentrate all their efforts on brining this car here.
What is the Expected Price for the Car?
As we are able to estimate, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat starts its sales at a figure of around 21,000 USD. This means that the car has not expanded on its price so much and it will have a similar pricing as the outgoing model. The highest is still the premium trim which costs around 33,000 USD.
A Similar Look Compared to Before
Maybe a bad thing about the design of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is that they are sticking to a traditional approach. Many of the competing vehicles have evolved and added more curves and sharper lines. But the Passat keeps to a toned down and a conservative approach. But it manages to dodge the wedge-like look that almost all of the competing cars have adopted on the market. We think that in that way the car still remains unique. The grille looks very adaptable and so are the headlights. The overall look is pretty regular and toned down and it does not give us so much to contemplate on. More changes have been made on the inside and give the car more luxury.
More Changes for the Inside of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat
What they missed to do on the outside of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat, they managed to make up with the upgrades made inside the car. The car manages to look more sophisticated and has an executive type of a vibe. The interior surfaces have been revised and there is a new steering wheel also added. You will notice some lines and cues borrowed from the Golf and Tiguan models, but that is just there to show that this is a VW car and that they belong to the same family of cars.
The cabin offers a pretty simple layout and they do not make things so much complex. This makes it a bit refreshing and provides an escape from the clutter that you are used to seeing in some other cars. The base model looks quite charming and is affordable and it is mainly thanks to the straightforwardness of the design. Other updates that we can see in the car are better materials as there is less plastic this time and more wood elements. Of course, the car adds new materials to the surfaces as well and there are quality coverings on the seats also.
The new 2018 Volkswagen Passat has been announced with two engine options. The base model will be carrying a 1.8-liter turbo-4 engine and it makes an output of 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This engine will exclusively be available with a 6-speed automatic. The second and stronger engine is the V-6 engine which they are calling the “VR6” which enables better specs with a performance of 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and better acceleration as well. This engine is going to come with a dual-clutch 6-speed automatic as its transmission choice.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
There is going to be a difference in acceleration between the two 2018 Volkswagen Passat engines. The base engine is only able to accelerate to 0-60 mph in 8 seconds but the stronger V-6 one does it in 5.7 seconds, which is a significant improvement. The top speed is limited to 128 mph for both version of the engine.
Fuel Economy Rates
The new 2018 Volkswagen Passat is sticking to the engine offers it provides now and there are probably not going to be any expansions made with diesel engines. So the fuel economy is still going to remain at the standard level. The first and base engine is rated at 23 mpg city, 34 highway, 27 combined, which could be a more lucrative offer if you want to save on fuel. But the stronger V-6 versions goes all the way up to 20/28/23 mpg for its consumption.
Size and Dimensions
The updated for the size of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat has not been made this time. It was decided that dimensional changes are going to be saved for the future and perhaps new generation models. This time the full length of the car remains at 191.9 in and the wheelbase is kept to 110.4 in. The height of the car is 58.5 in and the width comes to 72.2 in. The interior spacing is one of the advantages of the Passat as it provides a plentiful and very comfortable offer. The interior volume is about 102 cu ft and the trunk capacity is 16 cu ft.
What about the Safety of the 2018 Volkswagen Passat
When it comes to the safety part, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is one of the safest sedans that you will find in the market. Perhaps it is a bit too early to talk about the crash test scores now, but we can assure you that the vehicle is probably equipped with some high end safety equipment like always. The rear view camera has always been a part of the standard set of equipment and this time they are adding a post-collision braking system, while within the upper trims we are getting adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, forward collision warning and a parking assistant.
What Rivals is the 2018 Volkswagen Passat Facing?
The most important part of updating the 2018 Volkswagen Passat is to make it a better model compared to the rivaling cars. Although the sales were good, other competing models have sold so much more in the American market. VW aims to improve upon this and the vehicles which are in their way are the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord, both of which came in front of the Passat when it came to sales.
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