The B8 Volkswagen Passat facelift has been spotted once more in prototype form, and again the front and rear sections of the executive sedan are wrapped in camouflage vinyl. Going by the shape of the front apron, it’s unlikely that the Passat will get the exact same look as the Arteon, although the lower bumper appears eerily similar.

We can look forward to a pair of redesigned headlights and LED daytime running lights, as well as a larger radiator grille with twin horizontal bars and thin vertical slats. Behind, it will also get updated LED tail lights, a new bumper as well as updated exhaust design.

The Passat facelift is said to be launched in 2019, and word is the range-topping Passat R will get a turbocharged V6 engine, and that the base 1.4 litre TSI petrol engine will be succeeded by the marque’s latest 1.5 litre TSI Evo engine. The new four-cylinder engine can be had in two tunes – 130 PS or 150 PS.

The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox and comes with an ‘eco-coasting’ mode, thanks to an onboard 12-volt electrical system. It’s classified as a micro-hybrid, where the engine gets shut off completely and is decoupled from the drivetrain. This powertrain option however, is not confirmed for the Passat as yet.

Speaking of hybrid, the Passat GTE plug-in hybrid is rumoured to get a longer pure electric range that is beyond the existing 50-km threshold. The outgoing model gets a 154 hp 1.4 litre TSI engine that’s married to a 113 hp/330 Nm electric motor for a combined output of 215 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

The electric motor is housed within the six-speed DSG and is juiced by a 9.9 kWh lithium-ion battery. As it is, Volkswagen said the PHEV system provides a total petrol+electric range of nearly 1,000 km, so the facelift model could well break that four figure mark.