Volkswagen has given the on-again, off-again ninth-generation Passat the proverbial inexperienced gentle for manufacturing, in response to a latest report. Developed for international markets, it is going to mark a giant departure from the present mannequin.

Though the corporate stays dedicated to the sedan section, British journal Autocar reported it practically axed the Passat from its vary. Executives thought of placing the nameplate out to pasture to concentrate on the stylish Arteon, which is now provided as a station wagon in Europe, and on the upcoming manufacturing model of the electric ID.Vizzion concept launched in 2018. Demand from China reportedly modified Volkswagen’s thoughts.

Due out in 2023, the next-generation Passat will once more be provided as a sedan and as a station wagon. It will likely be carefully associated to the Škoda Superb, although we do not know if it is going to preserve the present mannequin’s trunk lid or obtain its Czech sibling’s hatch. Both method, it will likely be constructed on an evolution of the extremely modular MQB platform, which is hardly a shock contemplating the eighth-generation mannequin offered in Europe already rides on these bones. What’s attention-grabbing is that the report claims America’s variant of the next-generation Passat shall be constructed on MQB, too.

Whether or not the 2 fashions will once more converge is up within the air at this level. Autocar discovered the automobile’s styling has already been signed off, and coexisting with the Arteon allowed it to maneuver in a extra sensible path.

“With the Arteon, we have already got a method chief within the section. This leaves the door open for the Passat to turn into much more space-oriented than at the moment’s mannequin,” a supply contained in the carmaker advised Autocar

MQB is appropriate with front- and all-wheel drive functions, gentle and plug-in hybrid applied sciences, and electrical powertrains; the outgoing e-Golf was constructed on the platform. An electrical model is within the pipeline, in response to the publication, which strains up nicely with an earlier report claiming the next-generation Passat will seemingly ditch gasoline-powered engines and go electric-only — in America, a minimum of. Degree-three autonomous expertise and 5G connectivity shall be out there, too, although the mannequin’s degree of kit will differ from market to market.

All advised, this unverified report asks extra questions than it solutions. Volkswagen hasn’t commented on it, and it hasn’t make clear what the long run holds for the Passat on both aspect of the Atlantic. America’s Tennessee-built, 174-horsepower model of the sedan (pictured) not too long ago obtained comprehensive updates which introduced a new-look design, higher in-car expertise, mechanical enhancements, and a cheaper price.

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