Competes with: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, the ceaseless marches of time and demand for SUVs
Looks like: The current Passat but a bit more stylish, like the designer of the CC or Arteon got to mess with it
Drivetrain: Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (174 horsepower, 207 pounds-feet of torque); six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Summer 2019
As major manufacturers — and shoppers — abandon sedans in favor of SUVs, Volkswagen is clinging to the past with the Passat while hoping to scoop up shoppers who would’ve considered, say, a Ford Fusion or Chevrolet Impala before their respective manufacturers decided to cease making them. As such, Volkswagen is updating the Passat for 2020 instead of putting it out to pasture — but in a way that makes it look like the German automaker is hedging its bets.
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