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Sometimes you’ll find little gems on Instagram depending on what hashtag you look for. In this case, we found a photo that appears to be at DRB-HICOM’s Pekan plant where Volkswagens are locally assembled.

The B7 Passat is currently assembled there, so it won’t be unreasonable to expect Volkswagen Malaysia do the same with the new B8. However that doesn’t mean the B8 you’re looking at in this photo is locally assembled. It could be a CBU car brought in for training purposes. It looks like it could be the same car seen by Daniel Liang sometime last month around Kerteh wearing Pahang trade plates.

In an interview with BFM 89.9, Volkswagen Malaysia managing director Armin Keller revealed that the B8-generation Passat will be launched in the first quarter of 2016. Unfortunately, additional details surrounding the car in terms of its specifications and whatnot remain unknown – for now.


The new Passat B8 sits on the new MQB platform. Wheelbase has been stretched to 2,791 mm. Occupants get to enjoy more leg- and headroom. Boot space is up as well to 586 litres, a 21 litre increment. Overall, the car is 2 mm shorter in terms of length, but 12 mm wider and sits 14 mm lower.

Five TSI petrol engines feature outputs ranging from 132 PS all the way up to 280 PS, while three TDI diesel engines produce between 150 PS and 240 PS.

A plug-in hybrid variant will also be on offer, combining a 156 PS 1.4 TSI engine and a 109 PS electric motor to produce 211 PS, a 0-100 km/h time of under eight seconds, a 210 km/h top speed, a 50 km all-electric range and a total range of over 1,000 km.

The new Passat can be specced pretty high, but a lot of the new equipment available is optional so it depends on Volkswagen Malaysia’s product and price positioning. It even has the option for a fully digital display that can show info like navigation maps just like the new Audi TT.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Passat B8 in Malaysia