Exploring the 4-door sedan's sportier side, the Passat Performance Concept makes it's debut at Detroit.
Volkswagen's most practical luxury sedan yet, the Passat has literally made history in terms of sales in the United States with total sales of 1,17,023 units in 2012. Riding high on sales, the German automaker now seems to be in the mood to further explore this practical four-door sedan's sportier side. And so they did. Volkswagen has taken the wraps off it's new Passat Performance Concept at the on-going 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Under the hood is a 250PS, 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. While in the Indian market, the 1.8-Litre engine is already found in the Skoda Laura and the Superb, it will be the first time the 1.8-litre unit will perform duties in United States.
The Passat Performance Concept further differentiates itself from the regular Passat with a dual exhaust, 19-inch "Luxor" alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights including Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) and LED taillights and carbon applications on its mirror caps. Inside, carbon-like touches dominate the dashboard, matching the carbon-style inserts on two-color leather seating surfaces and complementing the black headliner and side pillars. A lowered sport suspension and electro-mechanical steering enhance the handling.
Volkswagen has not yet confirmed if the Passat Performance Concept will ever make it into production, but judging by the popularity of the luxury sedan in the U.S market, we reckon the model will appear on U.S roads soon.
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