2015 VW Passat (North American-spec)

USA: 2016 Volkswagen Passat facelift to arrive this fall

August 7, 2015

Volkswagen of America has confirmed that a facelifed version of its Passat mid-size sedan will arrive this fall as a 2016 model.

The 2016 Passat will incorporate design changes to the sheetmetal and may feature a more muscular design for the front fenders as well as the shoulder line being made more prominent. The usual host of visual improvements seen on facelifts will also be offered like a redesigned front and rear bumpers along with updated head- and taillights. It will also feature new design alloy wheels that could be offered in standard 17-inch as well as an optional 18-inch sizes.

The facelifted Passat will also get a more premium interior with an updated instrument panel. Volkswagen says that the facelift “adds a full suite of infotainment along with infotainment and driver assistance systems.” Features like keyless access, push button start and 8-way adjustable driver seat are expected to be carried over. The new MIB II infotainment system is likely to be added to the list of specifications with features like Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

Not much is known about the engine options that will be offered on the 2016 Passat, the current generation offers three engine options: 170-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged petrol, a 280-hp 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V6 petrol and a 150-hp 2.0-liter turbo-diesel.

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