The 2016 Volkswagen Passat
Here it is. An updated, more aggressive, technology-packed Passat. If you’ve been waiting for a refesh of Volkswagen’s full-sized sedan, you won’t have to wait much longer until it is in our showroom. For now, here are some highlights of what’s to come in the 2016 model.
In addition to improved styling cues, Volkswagen has added a sporty R Line model to the Passat lineup. This model features unique rocker panels, a stylized front bumper with contrasting black accents, a modified rear diffuser, and 19” anthracite Salvador aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/40 ZR rated tires. The R Line will be the package for someone looking to make a bit more of a statement.
Overall, the Passat as gotten sleeker and more refined. Available on all trim lines, dramatic LED headlights and taillights provide better lighting performance with reduced energy consumption. The profile of the car remains similar, but out back, the tail lights are more modern and stylish – keeping with the styling trends VW has been moving towards in recent years.
Inside, the 2016 Passat gets an extensively upgraded interior, for a much more sophisticated look and feel. A new instrument panel features two large gauges and the centre stack incorporates VW’s latest MIB II infotainment system. The interior also features upgraded materials, a new steering wheel and column stalk design, two-tone décor panels, and refined chrome and piano black trim. Heatable rear seats are a new available feature, which is a nice touch.
One of the main points on the new Passat is its technology – most of which has been previously reserved for much more expensive vehicles. Lane assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control (really cool), and multi-collision braking are all features that are available on the new Passat. There is also an easy-open trunk, allowing you to open the trunk by simply waving your foot under the rear bumper when you hands are full.
Inside the car, the Passat comes with App Connect, a new feature for VW owners, allowing them to take advantage of Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirrorlink. By connecting your phone to the new infotainment system, you can safely access navigation, music, and regular phone functions all through the screen in your dash and by using your voice. It’s next-generation technology available in 2016 VW models.
More information on pricing and available power-trains will come out closer to the release date. Why wait? Get great deals on remaining 2015 Passats here.