Volkswagen Announces Passat Estate R-Line Edition
With just a few days to go until the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen has announced a new variant in its Passat line up: the Passat Estate R-Line edition. The R-Line Estate comes on the back of a recent facelift to the company’s Passat line up and hopes to reinvigorate the ailing estate and sedan brand, making it more appealing to a younger generation of buyers.
Volkswagen says that it will only build 2,000 R-Line Passat’s, making this one of the most exclusive cars in its line-up. The R-Line will come with a host of goodies designed to make the driving experience more exciting, rewarding and luxurious. Not surprisingly, the R-Line version of the Passat estate is only available in the current top-of-the-line engines available in the series: the company’s 2.0-litre TSI and the bi-turbo 2.0-litre TDI. The hope is that the new model will inject a bit of excitement back into the sedan and estate market, a segment of the private motor vehicle industry that has seen substantial declines over the last half-decade or so. Buyers are no longer as interested as they were in traditional format cars, preferring to swap their regular rides for crossovers, 4x4s and SUVs.
VW says that the new R-Line will be the first car in the Passat line-up that will allow drivers to disable the ESC assist - clearly a move designed to facilitate race days. The R-Line is meant as an enthusiast estate, and VW is doing all it can to promote that market.The new R-Line will come in Moonstone Grey - a colour that is exclusive to VW, says the German automaker. There have been several facelifts which make the R-Line much more attractive than a regular Passat. VW has opted for black alloy wheels, a black glossy roof, and sporty accents along the doors and skirts. The wing mirrors and spoiler have also received the blackout treatment, giving the R-Line a distinctly sporty, yet refined, visual appeal.
The company has also taken pains to upgrade the interior. Instead of the regular Passat trim, buyers of this exclusive car will be treated to black Nappa leather and sections of the doors and dash finished with brushed steel.The central console has also been spruced up. VW says that it will be supplying the car with a 9.2 infotainment system using the company’s latest software which will support Apple CarPlay. Almost all of the finishes are in black, except for the brushed chrome-effect trim, giving the R-Line a distinctly premium feel in the interior.
What about the technology that comes with the car? VW says that it has upped its automation game with its proprietary “Travel Assist” feature. The car, the company says, will essentially drive itself in many situations - all the driver has to do is provide the steering. VW says that the car will come with parking assist features, pedestrian monitoring and lane changing assist.
We’ll see the new Passat in the flesh at the Geneva motor show on 7th March 2019.