The low-resolution leaked images confirm the next Passat gets a more dynamic-looking front end inspired by recent Volkswagen concepts like the T-Roc and the NMC. The middle section of the car undergoes mostly evolutionary changes, while the rear end gains thin tail lamps and a discreet spoiler integrated into the trunk lid.
The vehicle depicted in the spy pictures is a Chinese-spec model whose wheelbase has been stretched by several inches. The long-wheelbase model is built exclusively in China and it will not be sold elsewhere.
Inside, the Passat features a typically Teutonic dashboard with two round analog gauges, a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and a touch screen integrated into the center stack. Wood trim on the dashboard and a small analog clock indicate the next Passat will be positioned as a near-premium sedan.
Volkswagen has already confirmed the next Passat will ride on its modular MQB architecture. Technical details are not available, but expect the sedan to feature a wide selection of EU 6-compliant gasoline- and diesel-burning engines sending power to the front wheels via either a manual transmission or a DSG. A gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain will likely join the lineup later in the production run.