All-New Volkswagen Passat Unveiled in DetroitPosted on January 10th, 2011
TDI model offers 43 mpg fuel economy
An all-new Volkswagen Passat rolls into dealer showrooms this year, including a clean diesel model with 43 mile-per-gallon fuel economy. Volkswagen unveiled the new sedan at the North American International Auto Show taking place in Detroit.
Pricing will start at about $20,000. There are three drivetrain options: a 2.5-liter gasoline engine, 3.6-liter V-6, and the 2.0-liter clean diesel. Buyers can choose between a five-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 comes with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, offering better gas mileage than traditional automatics, with performance characteristics closer to manual gearboxes.
Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity and automatic climate control. All models come with complimentary maintenance for the first three years or 36,000 miles.
Standard safety features include intelligent crash response, a system which automatically cuts the fuel supply, certain electrical equipment, disconnects battery power, unlocks the doors and turns on the hazard lights after a collision. Electronic stability control and antilock braking are standard on all models; manual transmission cars come with hill start assist.
Volkswagen’s newest midsized sedan, which was designed in Germany and America, will be produced at Volkswagen’s all-new assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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