For those looking for a midsize sedan with a spacious and serene cabin, and top safety scores, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is solid choice worth considering. Some of its pros include top safety scores, fuel-sipping and powerful engines, smooth and comfortable ride, and a well-appointed cabin. Its release date has been for some time now been speculated to be around March next month.
For 2017, the new Passat gains a standard USB port that now replaces the outgoing model’s propriety plug, full leather seating for top trims, an updated center sack, a mildly revised exterior, and a slew of safety features add-ons (automatic braking, a blind spot warning system, lane departure warning system, and frontal collision warning system).
Few years ago, Volkswagen purists cried foul when the concept of the current generation Passat was unveiled. The vehicle now featured a generic sheet metal over the outgoing model’s Audi-like exterior styling. Gone was the 2.0L engine and the GTI-shared automated clutch transmission system. The previously top-rated soft-touch cabin materials were now a thing of the distant past, and similar cuts were effected on the feature and technology list. The once-vaunted handling and steering supremacy were phased out as well. All this was done in favor of comfort rather than performance, which jeopardized Passat’s long standing reputation in safety and top-rated performance.
Well, much can be said about the Passat’s rich evolutionary history, but the bottom line is the Passat model still managed to be a force to reckon with in the midsize luxury segment despite all odds.
For seasoned users, you’d definitely need to be either a VW’s aficionado or eagle-eyed in order to notice the differences between the outgoing model and the new one in terms of the interior and exterior styling.
In overall, the new 2017 Volkswagen Passat has so much features to offer and will undoubtedly be an endearment to many once released. Some of its bogeys in the segment include the 2017 Honda Accord, the 2017 Mazda 6, 2017 Ford Fusion, and the 2017 Toyota Camry. Others are 2017 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2017 Kia Optima.
Available Trims – VW Passat
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat sedan will be offered in five major trims: base S, R-Line, SEL, SE, and the SEL Premium.
2017 Volkswagen Passat Interior Review & Exterior Pictures
The base S model offers standard climate control (dual-zone), full power accessories, a 5” touchscreen display, an auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, a height-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, 16” alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a six-speaker sound system, cloth upholstery, a CD player, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
The sporty R-Line adds heated side mirrors, leatherette upholstery, a leather wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, interior and exterior styling elements, 19” alloy wheels, and heated side mirrors.
The SE adds adaptive cruise control, 17” wheels, rear air conditioning, automatic braking, the Car-Net telematics system, rear air-conditioning vents, satellite and HD radio, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a second USB port, keyless ignition and entry, an eight-speaker sound system, rear-cross traffic alert, heated rear seats, a hands-free trunk opener, smartphone app integration, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity, and a navigation system.
The SEL trim adds a 60/40-split rear seat, premium Fender audio system, driver memory settings, an eight-way power passenger seat, 18” wheels, and a leather upholstery.
The range-topping 2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium trim includes front and rear parking cameras, lane departure warning system, remote ignition, automated parallel parking system, and power-folding mirrors.
2017 Volkswagen Passat Engine Specs
A 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 170 hp and 184 lbs. of torque will come equipped under the hoods of all the trims except the V6 SEL trim. The power output is routed to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system. The EPA fuel economy ratings for the above powertrain stands at 25/38/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Next up is the 3.6L V6 engine good for 280 hp and 258 lbs. of torque.
This output is transferred to the front wheels via the DSG transmission system. During our won test drive, the vehicle was able to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. Its EPA ratings stand at 20/28/23 mpg.
Price 2017 Volkswagen Passat Date Of Release
Speculations making rounds on the internet suggest that the redesigned Volkswagen Passat wagon for 2017 is set to hit U.S.A dealerships come March next year. As for the price, expect an MSRP starting from $22,440.
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