Work on the new VW Passat Variant (2023) has already started. The mid-range station wagon of generation B9 uses the modular transverse matrix (MQB) and is also coming again as a plug-in hybrid GTE.
Until the debut of the next VW Passat B9, there is still time to go, so it is still too early for a price. The large Volkswagen will not be fundamentally renewed until the end of 2023, will in the future be based on the tried-and-tested modular technology for vehicles with transverse engines (MQB), and should continue to appeal to company car drivers and families with a large space requirement. Volkswagen is relocating production of the classic from Emden to the Skoda plant in Bratislava in Slovakia.
There it is supposed to roll off the assembly line with the Skoda Superb and take over its five-centimeter longer wheelbase (2841 mm), which should benefit the trunk. The total length increases to around 4.90 meters. The days of the four-door sedan in Europe are numbered, VW will only offer the Passat as a variant. The successor to the Passat is a design work by the new VW and former Skoda head of design, Jozef Kabaň, who relies on a much more representative front and rear design.
The wide grill is now deeper and is traversed by massive chrome struts. An LED light strip runs beneath the edge of the bonnet, which is reflected in red at the rear. Stronger indentations in the doors and a stronger shoulder area characterize the ninth generation, which is to be built by 2030. What comes after the VW Passat Variant (2023) is completely open. which finds its counterpart in red at the rear.
Stronger indentations in the doors and stronger shoulders characterize the ninth generation, which is to be built by 2030. What comes after the VW Passat Variant (2023) is completely open. which finds its counterpart in red at the rear. Stronger indentations in the doors and stronger shoulders characterize the ninth generation, which is to be built by 2030. What comes after the VW Passat Variant (2023) is completely open.
All drives of the VW Passat Variant (2023) will be hybridized, but usually, with 48-volt technology – they are therefore so-called mild hybrids. Switching to plug-in hybrids would simply be too expensive for customers. Therefore, there remains a mix of the 1.5-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine (150 hp) and 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engines and diesel, which cover a slightly different performance range from around 122 to 250 hp.
Incidentally, the latter is a high-performance plug-in hybrid. The 240 PS variant of the TDI is no longer available; in the future, it will end at 200 PS. Interesting: Although VW has a highly developed, appropriately economical gasoline engine with the 1.5 TSI, the well-known 1.4-liter turbo continues to work in the drive train of the VW Passat Variant GTE (2023).
VW Passat B9 Interior
One more important question remains: how to operate the VW Passat Variant (2023). So far, this has been properly regulated with buttons and rotary switches. At least since the debut of the new Golf with its attractively designed, but impractical operation via touchscreens and so-called sliders, it should be clear that the desired otherness does not necessarily mean that users benefit. Large control tiles that can be arranged according to taste and a neat palm rest help give the menus, which are mostly hidden behind shiny glass panes, a somewhat individual structure.
Nevertheless: Otto normal drivers: inside can very well have the road in view at the same time and ideally their hand on the finely locking knobs. What they are not so good at is looking ahead and diving into the depths of a menu at the same time. Car is called itself, but people still hold the course. We are excited to see what solutions there will be in the VW Passat Variant (2023).