Making its debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show is this, the updated Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition. Production of this sporty-looking wagon is limited to just 2,000 units, and every single unit is finished in the new Moonstone Grey paint.

The special Passat Variant is based on the new Passat facelift, and it features a number of black elements to provide contrast, such as the roof, roof rails, spoiler and side mirror caps. The side window frames, rear diffuser, headlight surrounds, radiator grille and other exterior trimmings are also painted black. Completing the look are smoked LED tail lights and black 19-inch Pretoria alloys.

Inside, the cabin is also similarly appointed with the stealthy touch. There are R-Line sports seats – the centre panels are wrapped with Nappa leather, whereas the side bolsters get carbon-fibre-printed leather. Foot pedals are finished in brushed stainless steel, and the side sills (with R-Line logo) also come in stainless steel. Also in the mix is a new ambient lighting system with a range of colours.

Other notable equipment includes the Digital Cockpit, glass-covered 9.2-inch Discover Pro navigation system with integrated SIM card (eSIM), as well as R-Line start screen. App Connect is also available, enabling Apple CarPlay functionalities via Bluetooth wireless connection.

For powertrain, the Passat Variant R-Line Edition can be had with two engine choices – a 2.0 litre four-cylinder TDI engine making 240 PS and 500 Nm of torque, or the 2.0 litre TSI petrol unit that offers 272 PS and 350 Nm of torque. In the century sprint, the diesel reaches the 100 km/h mark in 6.1 seconds, whereas the petrol completes the dash in 5.7 seconds. Both models get the automaker’s fast-shifting DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

For safety, the special edition Passat Variant gets Travel Assist as standard. This means it’s one of the first cars globally to feature partially assisted driving at up to 210 km/h. When activated, the car takes over steering, braking and acceleration. All the driver needs to do is keep their hands on the steering wheel – the Passat checks for inputs via the brand’s first capacitive multifunction leather steering wheel.

Essentially, Travel Assist is a fusion of the front camera, Front Assist pedestrian monitoring system, Park Assist parking manoeuvre system, Side Assist lane changing system, and the Adaptive Cruise Control with automatic distance control system, into a new, intelligent assistance system.

Other kit includes the new IQ.Light LED Matrix headlight system, Area View camera system, and the updated adaptive damper control system (Dynamic Chassis Control). As an extra, drivers can choose to manually disable ESC, which Volkswagen claims will allow free reign of vehicular control when driving on race tracks.

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