Volkswagen Passat Gets Facelift

The first spy shots of the new Volkswagen Passat CC have been published and all indications are that the car will be even more popular than its predecessor.  The design has been updated and the car has an even higher level of safety equipment than before, making it the perfect option for buyers who are looking for an affordable alternative to the Mercedes CLS.


The car debuted at the Los Angeles Motor Show in September.  It will appear on UK showroom floors during January next year and although Volkswagen has not confirmed the selling price, buyers can expect to pay in the region of £24,000.


The front the car has a smart-looking chrome grille and a more upmarket lower bumper.  It also features LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlights.


The sides of the new model are quite heavily scalloped.  The back the car has a bigger bumper than before and the rear lights have been replaced with LEDs.


The interior now comes with the option of smart brown trim and there is also a Phaeton-style analogue clock fitted on the dashboard.


The car also has several new safety features, including a fatigue detector that will warn you if you are nodding off behind the wheel.  There is also a blind spot warning system and active head restraints as well as a unique system to keep the car in its lane on a motorway.


The range of available engines remains the same: two 2-litre turbo-diesels producing 138bhp and 168bhp respectively and a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine producing 158bhp.  The flagship comes with a 3.6-litre V6 296bhp engine.

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