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Volkswagen Uses Detroit Show To Introduce 2020 Passat

Volkswagen used the Detroit Auto Show this week to introduce its revamped 2020 Passat sedan. There are few major changes in the Passat as VW has decided to return to its roots by working on incremental changes to its vehicles. The Passat certainly exhibits this.
Posted: January 15, 2019 - 12:09AM
Author: Marc Stern


Volkswagen used the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), running this week in Detroit, to debut is 2020 Passat, which as they say in some surroundings that it is something old and something new. Redone for the 2017 model year, the 2020 Passat has been pretty conservative – i.e., it’s not taking chances. With the market selling large numbers of SUVs and crossovers, VW jas freshened its lines, but the rest of the package has been carried over from last year. VW introduces 2020 Passat at Detroit

Passat Retains An Older Platform

The 2020 Passat is conservative, using an older platform, not the automaker’s MQB underpinnings. The 2020 model has pleasant fastback-style lines. The standard wheels are 17-inch alloys, while the new LED headlights do add zip. When it debuts later this year, the Passat will be available in five trim levels. The line does include an R-Design appearance package that features 19-inch alloys and some other sporty outside design cues.

Under the hood, the first powerplant in early 2020 Passats will be the incumbent engine, a 2.0-liter turbo-4. The horsepower is rated at 174, while the torque is rated 184 pounds-feet. Later in the year, follow-on Passats will have a more powerful version of the same engine. Engineering changes keep the horsepower output the same while increasing the torque to 207 foot-pounds. A standard six-speed automatic moves the power to the front wheels. Passats equipped with VW’s V-6 and all-wheel-drive are not available. 2020 Passat Quick Review

The Passat carries over last year’s 110-inch platform. Because it does, Passat’s interior dimensions remain the same. On the inside, Passat features a low dashboard. The infotainment system uses a 6.3-inch touchscreen. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. Depending on the trim level, the interior upholstery choices range from cloth to synthetic leather or Nappa leather. Top line models include power-adjustable driver seats, heated front, and rear seats and dual one climate control. The audio system carries the Fender brand.

Passats Still Built In Tennessee

The 2020 Passat will be built in Chattanooga, where they have been manufactured since they underwent major changes two years ago. The 2020 Passat includes a wide variety of active, safety technology. The technology includes:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Blindspot monitors
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active lane control
  • Automatic parking system




digitaldoc (not verified)    January 15, 2019 - 2:55PM

Special thanks to VW for making the literally most anemic 2.0 turbo on the market. Not sure how they accomplished this, but there are 2.0L 4 cylinder engines, normally aspirated, with more HP, such as the Subaru BRZ, and the Mazda Miata. Heck, the upcoming Toyota Corolla with its new direct injection 2.0 as an upgrade is slated for 169 HP which is only a little lower than this Passat.

Not sure why VW even wasted their time putting a turbo into it with those lackluster numbers.