In both style and smarts, it seems.
Volkswagen may be poised to jump into the world of next-generation mobility head-on, but that doesn’t mean they’re about to neglect their bread and butter models of today. The Passat saloon is one of the more significant members in their conventionally-motivated lineup, and after having debuted globally about 4-years ago, it’s set to receive a facelift.
After the arrival of the stylish new Arteon, smart little Polo, improved Golf and chintzy Touareg, of course the Passat’s design will be revised to fall in line, especially with that of the Arteon. It’s a highly-desirable model that trades on its looks as much as its smarts, and the facelift Passat will seek to bring some Arteon-ness into its arsenal, or so reports Autobild.
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While things like the roofline an frameless windows are likely to not feature on the Passat, we can expect to see a reimagination of the front end, perhaps with headlights that are integrated more seamlessly into the grille. Speaking of which, the grille will likely be more prominent this time round, in keeping with the design we saw first on the Touareg.
On top of that, the facelift Passat is expected to nick a few of the Arteon’s advanced driver assistance tricks too, like its high-speed pilot-assist functionality, improved infotainment system, and a large(r) heads-up display mounted on the dash.
While the large saloon space is shrinking in Australia, the Passat remains a steady seller in its class, with many won over by its impressive refinement, class-above road manners, and efficient powertrains. With the facelift due to debut globally by the end of this year, could we perhaps see an uptick in sales for the Passat? We’ll just have to wait and see.