Volkswagen of America has announced the world debut of the all-new Passat, which is positioned as a transformational car in Volkswagen’s ambitious growth plan for the U.S. market.
Designed in Germany and made in America, the Passat was developed as a larger vehicle with premium features and handling characteristics that will match it with the tastes and lifestyles of Americans, the company says.
It will be built in Chattanooga, Tenn., at an advanced and environmentally friendly auto assembly plant.[ Also Read: North American Auto Show to Feature 30 Debuts ]
The new Passat is the only midsize sedan that offers superior German engineering at an accessible price, claims Volkswagen.
The Passat TDI – with a clean diesel option in the segment — is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles.
Final pricing will be announced in the spring, but the Passat will start at around $20,000 when it arrives in dealer showrooms later this year, said Volkswagen Sunday, Jan. 9.
It will come with premium standard features that include automatic climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.[ Also Read: Volkswagen Releases Midsize Sedan Renderings ]
Volkswagen’s new Chattanooga plant that will produce the Passat is part of a $4 billion investment by the company in the U.S. market. The facility includes a paint shop that reduces emissions and a $40 million employee training center.
The Passat will set new benchmarks for safety, driving performance and environmental responsibility in the midsize segment, the company claims.