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2020 Volkswagen Passat refresh on style



Volkswagen Passat eight years ago, a relative eternity in the automotive world. On Monday at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show VW introduces a heavy refresh of its midsize sedan. I refrain from saying "all-new," simply because, aside from its updated design, the Passat's powertrain and technology remain largely unchanged.

A new grille dominates the 2020 Volkswagen Passat's front fascia.


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The 2020 Passat has a more rakish roofline and the grille is back, with slimmer LED headlamps. The LED taillights are reshaped as well, and Volkswagen has added quad exhaust tips. While 1

7-inch wheels are standard, drivers can move up to 18- or 19-inch wheels, depending on model.

The Passat has always had plenty of room, and thankfully, has not changed. V-Tex leatherette or Nappa leather are both available in your choice of four colors. Heated front and rear seats are available, as well.

As is standard with blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist are both optional. A new Parking Steering Assist the Passat into a tricky parallel or perpendicular parking spot.

Volkswagen's MIB II infotainment system comes on a new glass-covered touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android are both standard and premium Fender stereo system is available. Unfortunately, because the Passat does not move to Volkswagen's scalable MQB platform, you will not have it with the excellent Digital Cockpit gauge display.

The Passat's interior remains as roomy as ever.


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The Passat wants to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, good for 174 horsepower. 184 to 207 pound-feet of twist for 2020. The Passat puts power to the front wheels only, with a six-speed automatic transmission. Jetta compact sedan has eight gears – the choice to not upgrade the gearbox is curious.

Pricing has not been announced, but the 2020 Volkswagen Passat will be available in the summer of 2019.

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