Be sure to check out the associated slideshow and Volkswagen provided video of the all-new Passat. For those interested in the new manufacturing facility, then view this linked video which offers a helicopter view of "The Volunteer State" plant.
The sedan will be made in the USA at Volkswagen's new Chattanooga, Tenn. facility and the lineup will include a 43 MPG highway (est) 2.0L TDI model sporting (140 hp/236 lb.-ft.). There will also be a 2.5L 5 cylinder (170 hp/177 lb.-ft.) and a 3.6L VR6 (280 hp/258 lb.-ft.). Transmissions will range from a 5 speed manual on the 2.5 with a 6 speed auto optional to a standard 6 speed DSG on the VR6. The TDI gets a standard manual and optional DSG.
There will be three model designations S, SE and SEL that will multiply to 16 equipment levels. There are all the usual options, but the one that pops out is an available Fender premium audio system, which according to this press release debuted in the Jetta GLI and will spread throughout the Volkswagen lineup.
Volkswagen compares Passat's dash to the all-new Touareg. The recently released Jetta was dinged for using sub-par interior plastics, from the looks of the photos, it appears the far more upscale Passat will not befall the same fate.
Volkswagen says that Passat pricing should start around $20,000. Far less than the German made outgoing model. More information should be available from Volkswagen, so stay tuned.