Prices for the seventh generation (B7) Volkswagen Passat have been revealed and you can order one now for January. Prices start at £18,470 (RRP on the road) for the saloon and £19,745 for the Estate.
All Passat diesel engines are now badged as BlueMotion Technology products and are equipped with battery regeneration and Stop/Start systems as standard. This means that the entry-level 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS is capable of exceeding the economy of the outgoing BlueMotion model with a combined economy of 65.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. Also, the new BlueMotion model, due to go on sale in early 2011, will return 68.8 mpg and emit 109 g/km of CO2. A six-speed manual gearbox being fitted to the 1.6-litre TDI 105 PS engine for the first time.
The 2011 VW Passat will be available in three trim levels: S, SE and Sport. Additional equipment added to the new Passat over the outgoing model includes an iPod interface and leather multifunction steering wheel for the S model. The SE trim level gains an eight-speaker digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity and the new driver fatigue detection system. At the top of the range the new Sport model gains RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation. Standard on all new Passats will be six airbags, ABS (anti-lock braking system), ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) and WOKS (whiplash-optimised head restraints).
Thicker glass is fitted to the side windows while the windscreen features a thin plastic film sandwiched between two layers of the glass to help reduce noise transmission. The front bulkhead incorporates increased sound deadening which, combined with the latest generation of common rail diesel and TSI petrol engines, aims to cut the engine noise entering the interior of the new Passat.
The best-selling version of the new Passat is forecast to be the SE 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS model; the Estate is expected to out-sell the saloon for the first time – accounting for around 53 per cent of total volume.