This is the seventh generation Passat, according to the company, although it’s most probably a heavily reworked version of the sixth gen car that’s sold in Malaysia. As expected, it receives the new VW corporate face and a new tail design as well. The men in charge, Klaus Bischoff (VW head of design) and Walter de Silva (VW Group head of design), describe the new Passat as a car with “clean surfaces and an elegant yet imposing stance”.

Every body panel apart from the roof is new, according to the company. The new grille has horizontal chrome fins and are flanked by headlights with LED running lights. At the rear, new tail lights are joined by subtle chrome highlights. Measuring 4,769 mm in length, the new Passat sedan is 4 mm longer than the car it replaces although width and height remains. Clean but dull is my first impression after seeing it in the metal.

The cabin is largely similar to the current car, so there’s nothing to shout about. I found out and tried one unique feature, though. To open the boot, kick the underside of the rear bumper and it pops open! Should be quite handy when hands are full. The ahem, right spot, needs some training to find, but owners have plenty of chance to figure it out. This comes with the keyless entry option.

The petrol engine line-up comprises a 1.4-litre TSI engine with 122 PS, a 1.8-litre TSI with 160 PS and a 2.0-litre TSI with 210 PS. The full fat range-topper is a 3.6-litre V6 with 300 PS. On the diesel front, a 105 PS 1.6-litre TDI is the starter. A BlueMotion package (includes aero mods, Stop/Start and battery regeneration) with this engine combines to achieve 24.4 km/l while emitting just 109 g/km of CO2. This equates to a possible 1,600 km on a single tank of diesel. A 2.0-litre TDI engine is also available in two power outputs – 140 PS and 170 PS. Manual is standard in Europe, DSG is optional.

UPDATE: Live gallery added after the jump, including the wagon bodytype!

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