Volkwagen Unveils The New 2012 Passat In Detroit
The styling of the new Passat is, to be honest, a bit like the Jetta. The previous-generation Passat might not have been the most beautiful sedan in the world, but it had character. This new model just looks like a bigger, longer and more expensive Jetta that is as forgettable as the Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl championship.
The Passat will come with three different motors, a five-cylinder, six-cylinder and a 2.0-liter diesel inline-four. The base 2.5-liter five-cylinder will put out 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.6-liter V6 will have 280 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. The diesel motor will have 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and will be able to deliver 43 mpg on the highway.
The interior quality has been lowered, but it’s still a major improvement over the Jetta. There will be three different trim levels, S, SE and the SEL. Standard features include automatic climate control, power windows all around, air conditioning, insulating glass, a distinctive analog clock at the center of the instrument panel, cruise control, outside temperature display with frost warning, radio-CD system and Bluetooth connectivity.
The options list includes 17- and 18-inch wheels, power seats, leather, a touchscreen satellite radio, two navigation systems and even wood décor.
Pricing for the new 2012 Passat has been lowered to around $20,000, putting it right in the firing range of the all-powerful Hyundai Sonata and the soon to be released Elantra and although VW is known for making great sedans, it’s going to be hard to pass up the Korean offerings when the Passat is this dull.