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After quite a bit of a hiatus, the B8 Volkswagen Passat has been spotted again. These spyshots, submitted by Mohammad Aiman bin Hamzah (with two more posted by Ridzuan Raslan on the VW Passat & CC Owners Malaysia Facebook group), indicate that assembly of the new sedan may have finally begun at DRB-Hicom’s plant in Pekan, and that it may be launched in Malaysia very soon.

Two models are seen here, both featuring the new torque-based badging introduced for the Asian market. The lower-spec unit is badged the 330 TSI, and gets a 1.8 litre TSI turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine producing 180 PS and 250 Nm of torque.

The other one is a 380 TSI – that one gets a larger 2.0 litre TSI mill that kicks out 220 PS and 350 Nm. Both engines are mated to DSG dual-clutch transmissions – seven-speed dry clutch ‘box on the 330 TSI, six-speed wet clutch unit on the 380 TSI.

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Differentiating the 380 TSI from the 330 TSI are the larger 18-inch ‘Dartford’ alloy wheels (330 gets 17-inch ‘Istanbul’ items), along with a unique rear bumper with twin integrated exhaust exits (rather than the standard twin pipes on the left side on the 330). Neither models sport the smoked tail lights seen on the high-spec diesel model shown at the Das Event show in 2014, getting simple red ones instead – albeit still with LEDs.

The Passat is built on the MQB platform, and despite being smaller overall than the outgoing B7, the wheelbase has been stretched some 79 mm to 2,791 mm, providing more leg- and headroom. In addition, the boot has grown by 21 litres to 586 litres, while weight has been cut by up to 85 kg thanks to a lightweight construction and lighter engines. So, what do you think of the new B8 Volkswagen Passat?