Volkswagen Passat 2020 revealed: set for November Australian debut
Volkswagen has whipped the covers off its updated Passat range ahead of the vehicleu0027s offical unveiling in Geneva. Technology and engine updates headline the changes for this MY20 facelift, with the updated Passat expected to hit Australian dealerships in November or December this year. Letu0027s start with what we know about Australian vehicles. The brandu0027s local arm tells carsguide this update is an important one for the brand, with some major engine changes to provide more oomph across the range, as well as key safety and technology upgrades. The current entry-level 132TSI engine will be swapped out for a 140TSI unit, while the 162TSI 2.0-litre engine from the Tiguan makes its debut in the Passat family to occupy the rangeu0027s middle rung. Perched at the top of the Passat tree is the 206TSI 4MOTION, which is unchanged. Tech wise, the brandu0027s new MIB3 infotainment functionality will be available for the first time, and pairs (internationally at least) with a 6.5-, 8.0- or 9.2-inch screen. The updated system brings with it voice-activated navigation (by saying u0022hello Volkswagenu0022), as well as a SIM card that unlocks online connectivity. LED Matrix headlights (or what VW calls u0022IQ.LIGHTu0022) are now available, too, while the available Digital Cockpit will span 11.7 inches and offer u0022better graphic performance, greater pixel density, improved brightness and contrast as well as more intense coloursu0022. Wireless Apple CarPlay is also available for the first time. The safety offering has also been overhauled, with adaptive cruise now joined by predictive functionality, which uses navigation data to automatically slow down for sharper corners and roundabouts, as well as monitoring road signs to adjust its speed autonomously. That system partners with a new Travel Assist feature, which essentially allows the Passat to drive autonomously at freeway speeds for periods of 10 seconds. Volkswagen bundles the technology under the new umbrella u0022IQ.DRIVEu0022. Volkswagen in Australia says the new Passat remains an important player in its line-up here, while acknowledging the segment it competes in is shrinking. u201cThis update means an even more polished and sophisticated package,u201d says Volkswagen Australiau0027s Paul Pottinger. u201cIt might not compete in the biggest segment, but the Passat remains an important car with a really passionate and dedicated following.u0022 What do you make of the updated Passat? Tell us in the comments below.