New Volkswagen Passat launched in NZ

New Volkswagen Passat launched in NZ

Volkswagen NZ launched its all-new Passat at a special event for the motoring media this week.

With over 15 million Passats sold globally since the model debuted back in 1973 VW’s Passat arrived with great expectations and delivered nicely. In its technology, design and comfort the Passat is squarely aiming at a move to the next class up but without an increase in cost. New technology and further improvements in build and materials are what will separate the 2011 Passat from competitors in a hard-fought market segment. In terms of power the new Passat 2.0-litre diesel models output an impressive 320Nm of torque in the 103kW Trendline specification or 350Nm in the 125kW Comfortline. The newly available 1.8-litre petrol-powered TSI 118kW model includes a 7-speed DSG transmission with Direct Injection and accelerates from 0-100km/h in a brisk 8.5 seconds.

But it’s not just about power with the Passat in fact it is the economy figures which are most impressive. The TDI diesel Passats feature VolkswagenŸs BlueMotion Technologies which include energy recovery (regenerative braking), a Start-Stop system (automatic engine shutoff, such as at red lights) and tyres optimised for low rolling resistance.

The driving range of the new Passat BlueMotion Technology is exceptional. With an average fuel consumption of just 5.2/ 100km combined diesel fuel consumption; and with CO2 combined emissions of 135 (g/km).

When it comes to exterior design the Passat is looking modern and sleek with VW’s now familiar family face and new alloy wheels filling the guards. Available in two trim specifications – the Trendline Passat recieves 16″ Alicante alloy wheels with 205/55 tyres as standard and on Comfortline models  you can expect 17″ Fontana with 235/45 self sealing tyres.

The Passat is available in NZ in both sedan and wagon forms with the wagon commanding a $2,500 premium.

Inside the Passat are features like an auto hold system, cruise control, front and rear electric windows, glove compartment with cooling feature. The Comfortline makes use of climatronic two zone air conditioning system and optional extras like a panoramic sunroof, keyless locking and starting system and leather covered multi function steering wheel with DSG gearshift paddles.

Vienna leather upholstery and comfort front seats come standard in the Comfortline with the heated front seats offering electric adjustment and memory settings.

Volkswagen has improved the acoustic properties of the new Passat with the acoustics optimised by additional sound-absorbing materials in the front, side and rear areas.

The rear bench seat can be split and folds, and it is equipped with a centre armrest with storage compartment. The seat itself can be folded forward; this creates a level, continuous cargo floor. The cargo capacity of the WagonŸs boot-space is 603 litres. When the entire space is utilised, including the 90 litre spare wheel recess, cargo capacity increases to 1,731 litres — in this case, the Passat is filled to the roof-liner and up to the backs of the front seats. A net partition may be installed behind the first or second seat row, so that no cargo shifts into the passenger compartment when braking.

As you would expect with the award of a 5 star EuroNCAP safety rating the new Passat comes with a raft of safety and security features. As standard across all models are ESP including brake assist system with dual-rate function, ABS, EDL, TCS and trailer stabilisation, a network of airbags, electronic parking brake, 3 rear head restraints and safety-optimised front head restraints which are now not only height-adjustable; they can be adjusted horizontally as well. With the new “Rest assist” driver fatigue system this is one of the safest cars in its class.

Also available aboard the Passat is the masked continuous main beam headlight system known as Dynamic Light Assist. The Passat is the first car in its class to have this system. Dynamic Light Assist makes manual switching between dipped and main beam headlights outdated. Where the system registers oncoming traffic or vehicles driving ahead it automatically fades out the high beam area in which other road users could be dazzled.

“The new entry level Passat will provide an affordable option for consumers wanting to opt for a luxury car who have previously been unable to attain their dream” says Dean Sheed, General Manager of Volkswagen NZ. “Passat has always been an important model for us and for indeed Volkswagen globally and we are very excited to release this new sharply priced model which is both innovative and attractive.”

Pricing and NZ Specification

The new Passat is available in TSI or TDI and in either a sedan or a wagon. There are 4 available specifications to choose from: –

Passat TSI 118kW 7DSG in Trendline specification from $47,000
Passat TDI 103kW 6DSG in Trendline specification from $49,000
Passat TDI 125kW 6DSG in Comfortline specification from $57,000
Passat TDI 125kW 6DSG 4Motion in Comfortline specification from $59,500

Note: The Wagon body style is available for $2,500 over the Sedan in each of the above models.

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