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2019 Volkswagen Passat: Preview & Release Date

, Senior Pricing Analyst - June 19, 2018
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Model Preview

The Volkswagen Passat is expected to be a carryover for 2019. Having said that, the vehicle's next redesign will likely come sometime in 2019, possibly for the 2020 model year. No official specs have been released yet. The next-generation Passat will most likely be built on the automaker's MQB modular platform that underpins many VW and Audi models.

Powertrain details are still unknown, but VW has stated that it intends to back off on marketing its diesel technology here in the U.S. in the wake of a major emissions scandal uncovered back in 2015. In the current Passat, shoppers get a choice between a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and a more powerful 3.6-liter V6. For 2018, a new GT variant was introduced with styling inspired by the GTI.

The current generation Passat has been on sale since 2011 when it debuted for the 2012 model year, embracing a larger, more spacious design in order to appeal to American customers. The car was also priced more affordably than its predecessor thanks to a roughly $6,600 price advantage that brought the car into the near-$20,000 range.

Since its debut, the Passat has gone through a number of incremental changes.

2018 Volkswagen Passat

Initially, the car was offered with a base 2.5-liter engine, but this was phased out mid-year with the 2014 Passat. By 2015, all traces of the 2.5-liter mill were gone with the model, due in part to the turbo's comparable power and improved torque (177 vs. 184 lb-ft) and 2 mpg fuel economy advantage.

By 2016, more advanced connectivity was incorporated with the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. For 2017, the Passat will gain frontal collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking as standard across all trim levels in addition to a slew of price cuts on select versions.

Volkswagen has not yet announced an official release date for the 2019 Passat. However, production is expected to begin in September 2018.

We'll update this page as information becomes available.

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Pictured: 2018 Passat

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