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December 17, 2015
By Mario Cywinski

2016 Volkswagen Passat
2016 Volkswagen Passat.
Volkswagen’s US-built Passat was introduced in 2012 as a North-American only model, built at its state of the art production plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It has been an award-winning vehicle for VW, garnering the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year award the first year it was introduced. While the 2012 Passat was the first to be built in North America, it was the seventh generation of the model, the first introduced over 40 years ago.

The Passat has grown more upscale with each passing generation and the 2016 Passat continues that evolution, now offering a more luxurious interior and adding a R-Line package. The interior has a all-new instrument panel, an updated centre stack with new infotainment system, upgraded materials that include two tone décor panels, piano black and chrome trim. The new interior also features details including an analog clock, frameless rearview mirror, heated rear seats and new steering wheel design.

The infotainment system on the Passat has been updated with a 6.3-inch display, ability to sync two phones, one or two USB ports, App Connect, Jpeg viewer, satellite radio and HD radio. A system with navigation is optional. It is offered with integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

"The 2016 Passat has be thoughtfully redesigned and now incorporates the latest driver assistance aids. The exterior has been sharpened to create a more chiseled appearance, and has been structurally enhanced to improve an already solid chassis. Inside, “refinement” is the word, as the fit, finish and cabin materials have been taken up a notch and would not be out of place in most luxury vehicles. Spacious and welcoming though it may be, the Passat still manages to provide an engaging dynamic performance, which never loses sight of its European origins," said Thomas Tetzlaff, Manager, Public Relations, VW Canada. "The Passat has a long list of standard features, including “App-Connect”, which provides for seamless integrations of the latest smartphones, and includes Apple’s CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirror Link, delivering the ultimate in-car connectivity in the most distraction-free manner possible."

For 2016, the Passat has changed a considerable amount of the exterior sheet metal with only the roof, doors and body side stamping remaining from the 2015 model. The front hood is more sculpted, resulting in a more aggressive front end. It has a new grille, front and rear bumper, trunklid, rims and front fenders. Also for the first time, LED headlights and taillights are available on the Passat. An R-Line package is available with the Passat and offers 19” alloy wheels, LED head and taillights, paddle shifters, aluminum pedals and door sills, rear diffuser, R-Line bumpers and side skirts, sport seats, and rear centre armrest with storage.

The Passat comes standard with a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 170 horsepower and 184 foot/pounds of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Passat’s fuel economy numbers are, 9.4 L/100 km city, 6.3L/100km highway, and 8.9L/100km combined. The optional engine is a 3.6L VR6 engine providing 280hp and 258 ft/lbs of torque and mated to a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. It has fuel economy of 11.9L/100km city, 8.5L/100km highway and 10.4L/100km combined.

Driver assistance features abound in the Passat. It comes standard with a rear view camera and adaptive cruise control, front assist, blind spot detection, rear traffic alert, lane assist, park pilot and park assist are available depending on trim level.

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