Volkswagen Malaysia is now selling a new variant of its D-segment Passat called the Volkswagen Passat Sport. We didn’t get any press release on the matter, but the new variant has appeared on the company’s Facebook page and official website.

There’s a Sport in the name, so you know which direction they’re heading with this Passat. No change under the hood, which houses a 1.8 litre TSI engine with 160 PS and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,200 rpm, mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox. The Passat does the century sprint in 8.5 seconds and tops out at 220 km/h.

The Sport does get higher spec and more kit, though. The car that we know is more luxury than sporty looking, but the Sport seeks to change that with 18-inch “Kansas” alloys with 235/40 rubber. The five double-spoke wheels take the place of the standard car’s multi-spoke “Minneapolis” 17-inch alloys with 235/45 tyres. The Sport gets sports suspension, too.

The big news in the cabin is the inclusion of a tilt/slide electric sunroof, 12-way electrically adjustable front seats with memory function and electrically foldable side mirrors with auto-dimming on the driver’s side. These features aren’t common on entry-level premium badged compact execs sold here, so some shoppers in that segment might be swayed.

Other kit not exclusive to the Sport include “Press & Drive” comfort start, cruise control, dual-zone Climatronic, electric parking brake, RCD 510 touch-screen ICE system with six-disc CD changer and eight speakers, Vienna leather and bi-xenons, among other kit.

There’s one more difference though, the Passat Sport is CBU while the standard Passat is locally assembled at DRB-Hicom’s plant in Pekan. The Sport sells for RM190,967.20 on-the-road excluding insurance. This is RM19k costlier than the CKD Passat at RM171,967.20.

It is interesting to note that VW Malaysia sells the non-Sport CBU Passat for RM185,967.20, so all the Sport’s extra kit for RM5k seems good value. Brochures and pricelists are after the jump.

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