Volkswagen Passat 2019 Facelift brings New Technology and Improved Hybrid Options
The new Volkswagen Passat was recently spotted in testing in winter conditions, ahead of its 2019 release. Early images suggest that the car has gotten a facelift, as well as improved hybrid options - something that is becoming increasingly important in today’s market.
Eagle-eyed car enthusiasts have noted several changes to the external features of the car. The most significant difference is the updated front and rear bumpers that appear to be an attempt to make the design language of the Passat fit with the sporty Arteon. Volkswagen has also made changes to the front grill intakes as well as rounding off some corners on the chassis, giving the car an overall softer, but more modern appearance.
Of course, the full changes won’t be evident until the 2019 Passat is finally released, although there appears to be a lot to be excited about.
Regular petrol and diesel engine choices should stay along similar lines to the current Passat line-up. We expect that the new car will offer the 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine also found on the T-Roc and Golf to replace the slightly underpowered 1.4 of the current models.
We will also see an improved hybrid option in 2019, helping to increase the appeal of going semi-electric. Early indications suggest the new model will feature the 1.4-litre turbo engine, capable of around 154 bhp paired with a 114 hp electric motor. The battery range will increase to approximately 44 miles, thanks to improved lithium-ion batteries from the company.
The new VW Passat for 2019 will bring a host of new technologies from VW, including the new infotainment system with gesture control, borrowed from the current Golf. The infotainment system with App-Connect allows users with compatible smartphones to run their apps on the system’s screen, rather than on their devices. VW hopes that this feature will be particularly helpful for navigation, allowing drivers to see where they’re going on the big screen.
VW will also include its Blind Spot Monitor on its 2019 model. The Blind Spot Monitor is a small light built into the car’s wing mirror that will flash when another vehicle is in the car’s blind spot, warning drivers who might be about to change lane. What’s more, the monitor works with the car’s lane assist, ensuring that drivers stay within the lane if the vehicle thinks that a collision is likely.
As with other cars in the VW line-up, the 2019 Passat comes with adaptive cruise control which maintains a set distance from the car in front (without the driver having to fiddle with the cruise control settings), and a rear-view camera system to improve reversing safety.
With the improvements in battery technology, it should come as no surprise that VW has taken the opportunity to upgrade hybrid performance on the Passat. With 44 miles, most daily commuters will be able to get their carbon emissions down considerably. A more powerful engine in 2019 will make the Passat a very compelling vehicle indeed.
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