Spy Shots of the Volkswagen Passat and Estate

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Spy shots have been taken of two new VW Passats recently. One is the four-door saloon which is the regular model and the other is an estate model with five doors. They were both pictured in Spain while they were doing some testing.
It is expected that both of the cars will launch in 2015 and therefore be debuted in 2014 at the Paris motor show. There will be new underpinnings for the two models which will increase the space inside while saving weight and cutting costs.
There is some information known about the cars. The redesign of both models is similar to the MK7 Golf. They will look similar to it but there will be a new platform which will make it a faster drive but more efficient.
It is expected that it will look a little different with LED lights, a more defined grille and body creases. The Golf Sportsvan has a slim line horizontal look which they are likely to copy which means that it will look wider and lower.
A new body style is likely to come along with the new four door coupe CC replacement which will appear in 2015 which should have the styling quality of a Mercedes but at prices that would be expected from an A-class.
There will be a MQB platform which is very lightweight and allows the same engine, subframe and drivetrain to be shared between many different sizes of model of car. It has been used for a selection of vehicles already; the Audo A3, Seat Leon, VW Golf and Skoda Octavia. There are also plans to use it on the VW Scirocco and Audi TT.
The new chassis will be lighter than the current Passat saving around 75kg. The platform also saves space which means there will be a bigger boot and cabin but the exterior size will be very much the same. It is expected that the cabin will improve in the way that the MK7 Golf did. As it is competing with the Mercedes C-class and Ford Mondeo it will need to have some impressive technology to tempt buyers.
There will be four cylinder, turbo charged engines but only available in 1.4 and 2 litre options. The 3.0 litre has emissions that are too high to fit in with emissions legislation and it was not a good seller anyway. The 130 bhp 1.4 and 250 bhp 2.0 are expected to be popular but the diesel option should fly off the shelves to fleet buyers as well as those that are concerned for the environment.
There will be a 1.6 litre diesel Bluemotion which can do 75mpg and 105 bhp. There will also be a plug in hybrid version which will borrow technology form the XL1. It is expected that all engine options will also be able to have 4Motion all-wheel drive and paddle shift dual clutch gearbox added on as additions.

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