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Volkswagen Passat

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styling and new technology beneath a new skin is the Passat’s mission for and beyond. Photo Gallery

MP3 connectivity Rear head and leg a little tight

The long-running VW adds a new chapter to its 15-million story with the B7, and Australian (and dealers) will at the long-awaited addition of the Bluetooth link as standard.

Also on the features list is the fatigue system when it hits in the second quarter of 2011.

The line-up will be unchanged for with the 118 TSI 1.8-litre turbocharged the 125 TDI two-litre turbodiesel and the outgoing 3.6-litre petrol V6 topping the which should have untouched price-tags.

The pricing be competitive, our intention will be to pricing at near current not run-out pricing, VW Australia#39;s Gehling says.

The Passat in its market will feature 19 new and assistance systems, some of we are likely to get in Australia – detection – but Volkswagen says it is looking at the other for the options list, like assist with city braking function, the Easy bootlid, Park Assist two, lane change and assistance systems, although the sign detection system appear to be headed for Australia.

The fatigue detection system, on Australia-bound Passats, monitors wheel angle, pedal use and acceleration and decides if the driver a prod by comparing them to the from early in the trip.

no electric shock, joked one of the VW – it puts out visual and warnings and repeats them 15 later of the vehicle hasn#39;t

The Passat is also the first ever to have a City braking function, active 30 km/h and able to automatically the car to avoid or reduce the damage of a impact. The active cruise upgrade now gives Passat a collision warning system uses the radar to monitor over 100m ahead and the driver and assists in stopping as as possible.

One of the clever convenience systems on is the Easy Open boot, of the keyless entry and go system a driver with arms of gear but key in pocket can kick foot beneath the rear to automatically pop the bootlid – it on the options list for both and eventually the wagon. The new model also feature the upgraded Assist system that parallel and now perpendicular parking and can automatically steer the car into

The nose has taken the incoming snout and the rear has more a little inspiration (for the at least) from the Phaeton meaning it is a conservative but sharp-looking with LEDs within the new design front and rear.

design is familiar to those who spent any time in the other new from Volkswagen, with minor changes to the fascia and around the gearshifter and some aesthetic tweaks to the dashboard.

The wagon is also equipped a clever loading system and a lever system to drop the row of seats for larger loads. The and lower noise levels the cabin are attributed to extra insulation throughout the passenger and particularly between the dashboard and the

The Passat#39;s windscreen is made a composite safety glass, an integrated acoustic film, that – in Europe at – can be optioned up for the front windows.

Beyond the active Passat has two-stage dual and side airbags for the front full-length side curtain and the availability of rear side and a rear seatbelt indicator.

says the body structure is 74 per high-strength steel and built laser and spot welding in key for extra strength.

The updated Passat has many to the outgoing B6 vehicle – in the facelifted and upgraded B7 is perhaps a B6.5, but that#39;s not a bad thing. The and revamping of a proven and trusted is what#39;s gone on, albeit a new-look exterior to keep it like part of the family.

The emphasis on smooth, quiet and is backed up by the first few minutes, extra soundproofing resulting in a devoid of road, engine and noise.

On Spanish roads the suspension – which has minor tuning changes – delivers a well-controlled and ride, with minimal in ride quality when to sport mode – the turbodiesel wagon impressed in the rarely pushing the nose

The engineering spin that a strong, more rigid is backed by the drive, with the of a taut and strong body; also no booming noise the open rear cargo that sometimes sullies a

The turbodiesel (teamed with the DSG) is an excellent powerplant as seen in the new Golf GTD and current – and the 59 per cent share held by this powerplant – if anything –

The 118 TSI also driven during the launch drive outside of also proved to be a quiet with the petrol turbo also a flexible and useful teamed with the newer DSG (the torque of the turbodiesel is the seven speed#39;s tolerances).

cars impressed with intuitive DSG programming that hesitation and the insulation from and unwanted road intrusions. The has a good-sized boot it’s to see why the wagon is getting more half of the Passat#39;s sales and

A well-sorted and equipped package feels capable of carrying the and eating up the miles with the new Passat carries the company a little easier than the Jetta and should – if equipped and priced – well to Volkswagen#39;s increased aspirations.

84/100

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

. from around $39,000 +$2000 for all models)

On sale . quarter 2011

Engine . 4-cyl turbodiesel; 1.8 turbocharged 4-cyl and 3.6-ltr V6 petrol

Transmission . six (118 TSI seven-speed) automated manual, front or drive

Power . diesel petrol 118kW, 220kW

. diesel 350Nm; petrol 350Nm

Performance 0-100km/h: 8.6 secs; petrol 8.5-5.5

Tank capacity . 70 litres

CO2 . diesel 120g/km; petrol

Suspension . MacPherson strut, A-arms (front); multi-link optional adaptive suspension

. four-wheel discs, front discs

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