Volkswagen introduced Passat saloon and estate ahead of their public debut at the Geneva motor show. Pre-sales will start in the first countries in May. The market launch will take place in September (Germany).
“Travel Assist” is also celebrating its world premiere in the Passat that makes it capable of partially automated driving at any speed (0 to 210 km/h) with this new IQ.DRIVE system.
The company is also introducing a capacitive steering wheel that detects touch by the driver, providing an interactive interface to systems such as Travel Assist.
Another new feature in the Passat is “Emergency Steering Assist”, which increases safety when performing evasive manoeuvres by means of braking interventions.
The third generation of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) also has its debut alongside the new Passat. App Connect – the interface for integrating smartphone apps – therefore offers wireless integration of iPhone apps via Apple CarPlay™ for the first time at Volkswagen. If desired, the Passat can from now on be permanently online via MIB3, because the new Infotainment systems come with an integrated SIM card as standard.
There is also improved navigation-related services with real-time information, this encompasses new technologies and offers, music streaming services, Internet radio, natural (online-based) voice control, seamless use of “Volkswagen We” online services and future cloud-based portable vehicle settings. It will also be possible to use the first smartphones as a “mobile key” for opening and starting the Passat.
The MIB3 is closely integrated with the new Digital Cockpit. The digital instruments have been considerably enhanced compared to the previous system (Active Info Display). The enhanced high-contrast graphics display is clear and high-quality. Three different display configurations can now be customised via the new multifunction steering wheel with just one button.
In addition to all these features, the drive range has also been enhanced.
Source: Press Release