Indian arm of the German auto giant Volkswagen has commenced the local assembly of its new generation Passat luxury sedan in India. 2017 Volkswagen Passat is being assembled at the Volkswagen Group’s assembly unit in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. For Volkswagen Cars India, this is the second parts components unit vehicle that’s being assembled this year. Earlier, the company began the local assembly of its Tiguan SUV. Volkswagen Passat will also be the first sedan for the company to be based on the MQB platform in India and is expected to make its market debut in November 2017. It will share its platform with the Skoda Superb that is also being manufactured at the same assembly facility. The eight-generation Volkswagen Passat made its global debut in 2014 and the plug-in hybrid – Passat GTE was also showcased in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. The car hosts a completely new design that the previous generation Passat and looks more aggressive and modern. Volkswagen has also managed to reduce the weight of the car by about 80 Kgs and claims to be more spacious than previous models. It now gets an extended wheelbase by about 79 mm and is also 2 mm shorter in length.
Commenting on the production of the new Passat, Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group said, “We are happy to bring back one of our most successful premium luxury products to the Indian market, the Volkswagen Passat. With the introduction of the Passat we extend our portfolio, encompassing a wide variety of products from a hatchback to a luxury sedan. The Passat exudes style, timeless design, exemplary performance, and is symbolic of a luxurious lifestyle. We are proud to introduce this car with an iconic heritage to the Indian market.”
Volkswagen Passat will get a 2.0L TDI, 177 PS engine mated to a 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox, the company has not shared any plans to bring in a petrol engine on its latest sedan. Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in-hybrid that was showcased in 2016 is unlikely to come to India any time soon.