Volkswagen’s latest edition of its popular midsize Passat will be the first VW model capable of partially automated driving up to 131.5 mph (210 km/h).
The eighth-generation Passat makes its debut at the Geneva auto show. Presales begin in May and the market launch will take place in September in Germany.
The new sedan and station wagon versions sport VW’s new IQ.Drive system for partially automated driving.
VW says they are also the first-ever brand models with a capacitive steering wheel. This detects touch by the driver, providing an interactive interface to systems such as Travel Assist.
Another new feature is emergency steering assist, which uses braking interventions to increase safety when performing evasive maneuvers.
Passat also gains interactive IQ.Light - LED matrix headlights, a technology previously available only on the Touareg.
It also will be possible to use one’s smartphone as a mobile key for opening and starting the Passat.
The plug-in hybrid Passat GTE sees its electric range extended to a forecast 34 miles (55 km) under the European Union’s Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test.
“The combination of the electric motor and turbocharged engine (160 kW/218 hp) means the Passat GTE provides the benefits of a comfortable, safe long-distance vehicle,” VW says.