Volkswagen has more than just its new Atlas to go on display at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show, as the Passat GT concept will also be sharing the stage with the seven-seater SUV. The Passat GT is the work of VW’s North American engineering hub, and features plenty of styling updates to inject some pep into the sedan.

The car has been lowered by some 0.6 inches for a sportier stance, accompanied by 19-inch “Tornado” alloys, red-painted brake calipers, black window surrounds, a black roof and trunk spoiler, LED headlamps and smoked taillights.

The Passat GT also draws inspiration from the Mk7 Golf GTI (pre-facelift), adopting the black grille (with red accents and honeycomb insert), as well as new bumpers front and rear. The latter includes a set of trapezoidal-shaped exhaust and a sport muffler, which helps to give the concept a better growl.

Said noise is piped from from an untouched 3.6 litre TSI VR6 engine, which makes 280 hp and 350 Nm of torque, sent through a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

As for the interior, VW has fitted the concept with two-tone black/grey sport seats with contrast stitching, a black headliner, piano black centre console trim, as well as carbon-fibre pattern trim for the doors and instrument panel.