Volkswagen’s Passat has been scheduled to make a re-entry into the Indian market after a brief hiatus. We had earlier reported that production had started at VWs Aurangabad facility and that Volkswagen would launch the new Passat in India sometime later this year. News has just come in from a source that Volkswagen will launch the Passat on 10th October 2017. The eighth generation Passat will return to India after three years on the bench. The India bound Passat is likely to feature Volkswagen's 2.0 litre TDI engine, with a 6-speed DSG unit and is likely to make about 177 hp of max power. Volkswagen’s Passat will be based on the group’s versatile MQB platform that underpins the Tiguan, the Superb and a whole host of other cars from the global conglomerate. Here are few more exclusive details we have on the India-spec Volkswagen Passat.
In comparison to the seventh generation Passat, the new model will have a longer wheelbase by 80mm bringing the total to 2,791mm which will probably result in a more spacious interior in terms of leg-room. The 2017 Passat is 4767 mm long, which is 13mm shorter than the outgoing model, 1832 mm wide which is 12 mm wider. Our source also confirmed that the Passat will be available in two trims Comfortline and Highline. And while the exact variations between these models are yet unknown, we can confirm that the Passat Comfortline will get 9-airbags as standard and the Passat range will have safety features comparable with the three big-Germans in the same price bracket.
We expect that the Volkswagen Passat will be launched at a base price of around Rs 30 lakh with the Highline variant pushing Rs 35-37 lakh range.
Interestingly, VW had showcased the Passat GTE at the 2016 auto-expo, and although there is still to be a confirmation as to whether Volkswagen will ultimately, we think they should considering the Passat will go up against the likes of the Camry and the Accord. Both of which are available with Hybrid options.