Passat is one of the oldest and most traditional models in Europe. Since its inception in 1973, the central style has continued to change over time and now includes eight generations. On April 3, 2019, the Volkswagen factory in Emden broke the production barrier of 30 million units.
The most recent Passat, in-house B8, was launched in 2014 and received a face lift in 2019. At the end of 2021, however, the notchback version was discontinued. Part of the reason for this is the sinking star of Passat, whose bright days are behind it. This is shown by sales figures: in 2021 there were 82,488 Passat sales in Europe, in 2020 115,363, and in 1998 about 350,000.
At the same time, however, there is a Golf variation at the same level as the Passat, and within the group there is also fierce competition from Skoda Octavia and Superb. And many customers now prefer SUVs. However, the VW Passat is getting a new generation, called the B9.
What do we know about this? Volkswagen is still keeping a low profile. “We will continue to develop our MQB designs in the coming years: the next generation will take another step forward. The new Passat, Tiguan and Tayron will set new standards in terms of quality, value, performance and digital experience.”
CEO Herbert Diess says: “The market for combustion engines will decrease by more than 20 percent in the next ten years.” After identification.4, which will be manufactured at the original Passat factory in Emden from 2022, the “Aero B” will also come out of the connecting line as a sedan with a station car from 2023, a full-size electric model of Passat. . “Aero B” could inherit Arteon. VW itself recognizes ID.6, which is issued only in China, as a component of Passat size.
VW Passat Estate 2019 versus 1974
One thing is for sure: The next Passat will only be available as a station car or dialect. Meanwhile, the Passat B9 will be built in Bratislava from 2023 with the new Skoda Superb. The Protatypes of the future Passat Variant feature a smooth, elegant roof combination, Golf elements, but also some evolution of the previous design.
In fact, the style change from Golf 7 to Golf 8 can be used as an example here: no new lines basically, Passat remains recognizable as Passat. Our unique offering captures this idea. Thin lights have LED matrix technology, from the front the car looks clean with a certain proximity to the ID models.
The elegant line mentioned above on the new Passat Alternative is similar to that of the next Superb Combi, in which the sketch (photo) has already been printed. Compared to the current model, the side windows on the new Passat are smaller towards the back, and the roof line is also slightly lower. The B9 variant can also replace the Arteon Shooting Brake.
And technically? As usual MQB platform, engine ergo as in Golf or T7 Multivan. The new Passat can start with a 130 hp 1.5 TSI on the gasoline side, including a 48-volt hybrid. Passat GTE hybrid software currently has 245 hp, but VW is likely to operate at frequencies here.
When it comes to diesel, the 2.0 TDI with 150 hp is considered the key to the shipping business, while the 200 hp version can be stored for Passat Alltrack. Intelligent interior photos show a very large display in the middle and a small one in front of the driver. Since Passat will probably only be available automatically in the future, there is a select lever on the steering wheel. We will know more towards mid-2023 when the new Passat will appear.