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2020 Volkswagen Passat: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - December 21, 2018
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Model Preview

It’s been eight years since the Volkswagen Passat went through its last redesign, so it is well overdue for a new look. VW will oblige with the re-engineered 2020 VW Passat that features familiar roots.

The 2020 VW Passat may look and feel all-new, but the automaker felt confident in the existing sedan’s platform to carry it into the new generation. Visually though, the 2020 Passat boasts all the traits from VW's latest models, including horizontal grille slats, wrapped up in a newly styled body boasting what VW calls a “tornado” line. Key changes include its wider and slimmer LED headlights, shapelier and more pronounced grille, LED taillights, and a more prominent “Passat” badge on the trunk.

Exterior tech will be plentiful on the 2020 VW Passat too. It will include available KESSY keyless entry, adaptive headlights, voice control, power-folding mirrors with heat, and Easy Open trunk.

Inside, the 2020 VW Passat will boast the traditional upright-dash styling the brand is known for, but it will dress this area up a bit. The dressing will start with dash-width air vents that widen the cabin and adds a premium look, a new glass-covered infotainment touchscreen, and three available levels of upholstery: cloth, leatherette, or Nappa leather.

Continuing the upscale feel of the interior will be its available technology that will include a standard MIB II Composition Media infotainment system with SiriusXM, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and MirrorLink. The 2020 Passat will also come standard with CarNet App-Connect technology. Those looking for more premium tech can opt for the Fender Premium Audio System, power seats, and dual-zone climate control.

2020 Volkswagen Passat

Under its hood, the 2020 VW Passat will continue with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will produce 170 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. This will route to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Safety will again be a focus in the 2020 VW Passat as it will continue with standard forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. It will also have available adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, parking-steering assist, parking sensors, and more. Given it can hold up structurally — the 2019 Passat aced all crash tests except the passenger-side small-overlap test — the 2020 VW Passat looks like an IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+.

Pricing & Release Date

Volkswagen plans to have the 2020 Passat in showrooms by the summer of 2019.

To simplify things, Volkswagen reduced the number of trim levels from four to just two in the 2019 Passat. Things will get back to normal with the 2020 Passat, as it will feature four main trim levels and a launch-exclusive Limited trim. We expect only a modest price increase compared to today’s Passat, which ranges from $26,190 to $29,995 (destination fees included), but the Limited trim may push the cap up a few thousand dollars.

The 2020 Volkswagen Passat will battle the Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, and Toyota Camry.

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Pictured: 2020 Passat

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