Paris motor show: Volkswagen Passat


VW has pulled the wraps off its seventh-generation Passat at the Paris motor show.

The new car is based on the same platform as the outgoing car but gains all-new panels, the latest Volkswagen family face and an upmarket interior. Length grows by 4mm but the rest of the proportions are otherwise unchanged.

Paris Motor Show 2010: Live launches

Paris Motor Show 2010: Live launches

The saloon model sees an innovative new feature on cars specified with keyless entry – a simple foot movement at the back of the car will open the boot automatically.

A number of features will be available from the Phaeton, such as city emergency braking that engages the brakes automatically in the event of a low-speed collision, and automatic fatigue detection.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine in the Bluemotion model looks set to be the most impressive – it produces 104bhp and 109g/km of CO2, whilst VW claims 68.8mpg, which makes for a theoretical range of over 1000 miles on a full tank.

There will also be a 2.0-litre diesel in 138bhp or 168bhp guises and a range of petrols from the 1.4 TFSI producing 120bhp to the range-topping 3.6-litre V6 producing 296bhp.

The Passat will be ready to order in saloon and estate form in the middle of next month, at which point more details on pricing and specification will be announced, and the car goes on sale in January.