Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat (Volkswagen official website)

German carmaker Volkswagen has teased a new image of its upcoming Passat, revealing the front fascia details of the car.

Expected to be unveiled in July before the car's global debut at Paris Motor Show later in the year, the new Passat picture shows front fascia with LED lights and flaunts sporty look. In the new image, the vehicle was seen clad in a silky robe and it shows the fine curvy roof line of the car.

Under the hood, the new gen Passat is expected to come with 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine, which can churn out a 237 bhp of power, 500 Nm of torque and is likely come paired to seven-speed DSG transmission and an all-wheel drive system. Rumours are also rife that a plug-in hybrid variant of Passat is also in the offing, which would feature a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine and a 102 PS output electric motor. This hybrid offering will reportedly have a combined output of 207 PS.

The upcoming model of Passat would be built on VW MQB platform and is expected to carry features like 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Park Assist, head-up display and 360-degree Area View function. The 2015 Passat would be 85 kg lighter than its predecessor and "marginally" smaller than the current model.

In India, Volkswagen currently retails Passat in three variants: Trendline, Comfortline and Highline and is priced between ₹26-32 lakh. Earlier, Indian unit of the Volkswagen had said that the next generation Passat, which is currently in the making, will hit the Indian market at the appropriate time. If reports are to be believed, then the new Passat will reach Indian market soon after its global launch.

An earlier report of Economic Times indicated that the Volkswagen is also considering a budget brand for Indian market. If report rings true, India will get a budget brand from the makers of the premium cars in next three-four years.

"We have looked at all the ideas which VW (HQ) had looked up for China. My teams here have been working very closely with the Chinese and German counterparts (on budget brand); we have the complete list of all the ideas that they have generated, and we know each and every idea. We are looking at what will be most prudent and suitable for India," ET quoted Mahesh Kodumudi, MD and Chief Representative of Volkswagen India.

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