The 2016 Volkswagen Passat will be one of the first models to ride on MQB platform in India
The 2016 Volkswagen Passat has been spied testing on Indian roads for the first time. The car is expected to hit the Indian market sometime in 2017. Interestingly, this is going to be one of the first models from the German auto manufacturer in India, which will ride on the MQB platform. Once launched, the car will take on Toyota Camry, Skoda Superb and Honda Accord.
The 2016 Volkswagen Passat comes sharp looking and lightweight compared to its predecessor. At the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year in February, the car was displayed in its GTE guise. The new Passat is expected to come featuring a sharper headlamp clusters, while the front bumper is expected to get a revision as well.
Expect the upcoming VW Passat to don some sharp contours giving the car a sculpted look. Also inside the car it might get more upmarket features and offering more comfort to the occupants. With the MQB platform underneath the car comes built with high strength and hot formed steel and aluminum. This surely makes the 2016 VW Passat more rigid and safer than the predecessor.
The powertrain for the car will be a 2.0 litre TDI diesel engine, while the GTE variant in the 2016 Auto Expo was powered by a petrol engine. Therefore the new VW Passat will get both petrol and diesel engine options under the hood. The Passat GTE comes powered by a petrol hybrid powertrain comprising a 154 bhp generating 1.4 litre TSI engine and a 115 bhp producing electric motor. The peak torque amount generated is 400 Nm, and the car was equipped with a six-speed DSG automatic transmission.