The B8 Volkswagen Passat made its world debut in 2014, meaning it will soon turn four come next month. That makes it ripe for a facelift, as spotted here by our European spy photographers.

Volkswagen’s CEO Herbert Diess apparently confirmed that the redesigned Passat “is on the starting blocks for Europe,” and the refreshed D-segment sedan may get a look that’s similar to the newer Arteon. That means a larger front grille, as well as slimmer headlights and tail lights with more stylish graphics.

Other than looks, small nip and tuck changes are expected in the cabin, possibly in the way of a more sculpted steering wheel (just like the Arteon) and updated infotainment displays across the range.


Will the facelifted Passat wear a similar look as the Arteon?

Engine-wise, expect the same crop of petrol engines to soldier on. This includes the range-topping 2.0 litre TSI, although a slight bump in output is expected – the current tune on the outgoing model makes 220 PS and 350 Nm. Here, power goes to the front wheels through a six-speed wet dual-clutch automatic. The 2.0 TSI also gets XDS electronic differential for better traction.

Below that sits the 1.8 litre TSI petrol, producing 180 PS and 250 Nm of torque. It gets a seven-speed DSG dry dual-clutch auto channeling drive to the front wheels. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags (front, front side and curtain), a Driver Alert System (rest assist), ESC, ABS with brake assist, anti-skid regulation, hill-hold control and Isofix mounts.

Watch our video reviews below to find out how the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TSI fares. Also, share with us your thoughts in the comments below. Are you a fan of how the Arteon looks?




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