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Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is now taking orders for the new Volkswagen Passat, with estimated prices ranging from RM160,000 to RM199,000, for the three variants that will be available – Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.

To recap, the B8 Passat is built upon VW’s MQB modular architecture, and measures 4,767 mm long, 1,832 mm wide and 1,456 mm tall. That makes it two millimetres shorter, 12 mm wider and 14 mm lower compared to the B7, while being up to 90 kg lighter than its predecessor. Boot space is up by 21 litres, to 586 litres.

Under the hood, two powertrain combinations are available for the Malaysian market, these being a 180 PS/250 Nm, 1.8 litre direct-injection petrol engine paired with a seven-speed, dry clutch DSG transmission in the 1.8 TSI Trendline and Comfortline versions, as well as a 220 PS/350 Nm, 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, which equips the 2.0 TSI Highline.

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Paired with a six-speed, wet clutch DSG transmission, this is the same powertrain that propels the Mk7 Golf GTI, albeit with different tuning.

Among the features in the Passat 2.0 TSI Highline are Dynamic Chassis Control, Electronic Differential Lock and Lane Assist, while both Highline and Comfortline variants receive Park Assist – which functions for both parallel and perpendicular parking situations – and a sensor-equipped, keyless-opening trunk which opens automatically by detecting the driver’s foot when waved beneath the rear bumper.

The B8 Passat comes with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty, and is available in seven colours – Pure White, Deep Black, Reflex Silver, Indium Grey, Crimson Red, Black Oak Brown and Harvard Blue. Those interested can check out the new sedan at Volkswagen showrooms nationwide on November 12 and 13.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Highline

GALLERY: Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI Comfortline