|2011 VW Passat sedan|
Under the hood, a replacement for the VR6 engine will be in place, putting out close to 300hp. The new engine will utilize direct injection while other Passat versions will include a new Bluemotion hybrid as well as an all-wheel drive diesel.
Expected to debut in late 2011, the next-generation Passat is rumored to feature a host of new technologies. In 2012, the Passat station wagon will be launched. This will be followed closely by a new high-performance Passat model to replace the current R36.
|2012 VW Passat Sportwagon|
While the next-gen Passat is definitely better looking then the current garden-variety Passat (and I'm definitely a fan of the next-gen station wagon's looks) I must question VW's marketing strategy. Why are the positioning the Passat to compete again the 3-series and the C-class? I thought that the excellent Audi A4/A6 was supposed to fight the C-class and 3-series in the marketplace?