After a rumor claiming that it might face the axe altogether, the future of the Volkswagen Passat appears to have been decided.
The popular mid-size car, which is built on the old PQ46 platform for North America and on the MQB architecture for Europe, is understood to transition to an updated version of the MQB, and to be the same car all over the world.
Quoting inside sources, Autocar reports that it will launch in the UK in 2023 and will be sold alongside the similar-sized Arteon and an upcoming EV, previewed by the ID Vizzion Concept. It will be offered with front- and all-wheel drive, and likely in two body styles, sedan (or liftback) and estate, plus probably an Alltrack crossover variant.
The new construction will continue to support plug-in hybrid powertrains, while a battery-electric model is not out of the question either. These will join the regular petrol and diesel power units.
The design of the new generation Passat, which will be known as the B9, seems to have been decided, and in all likelihood, it will go down the evolutionary route, with a more traditional styling compared to the sportier-looking Arteon. Interior and cargo space will however be improved over the current iteration. Also, expect the latest technology gear, including 5G connectivity and a more advanced semi-autonomous driving system.
Note: 2020 Euro-spec VW Passat pictured.