Volkswagen has announced pricing for the facelifted 2016 VW Passat for the U.S. market. The mid-size sedan has a starting price of US$22,440 which is the same as the outgoing base model with automatic transmission.
The new Passat is available with two engine options – the 1.8-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 170 hp and 184 pound-feet (249 Nm) of torque with an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 38 mpg (16.15 km/l) which is an improvement of 2 mpg (0.85 km/l) over the previous model. This engine is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels.
The 3.6-liter VR6 engine is seen under the bonnet of the range-topping V6 SEL Premium trim level. The VR6 produces 280 hp and 258 lb-ft (349.80 Nm) of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed DSG automatic transmission with paddle shifters and comes with a sticker price of US$36,835.
The R-Line trim level of the Passat is being offered for the first time in the US. It starts at US$23,975 and gives a sportier appeal to the sedan. Noteworthy features include rocker panels, stylized front bumper with contrasting black accents, modified rear diffuser and 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40 all-season tires. The R-Line Comfort Package that can be optioned for US$775 adds V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, power driver seat, heatable front seats with seat-back map pockets, heatable exterior mirrors, and heated washer nozzles. The R-Line Lighting Package adds LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights and costs US$1,095.
The new Passat is fitted with Volkswagen’s second-gen modular infotainment platform known as MIB II. This system utilizes a capacitive touch sensor – similar to smartphones – that allows for swiping and pinch zooming, and is standard. The unit has USB and Bluetooth connectivity as well as support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
All 2016 Passat models come with rearview camera as standard, but depending on trim level there are various safety systems available such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Active Blind Spot Monitor with corrective steering, Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) and Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist).
The 2016 VW Passat is built at the company’s state-of-the-art facility at Chattanooga in Tennessee, USA.