Even if Volkswagen redesigned the Passat just a year ago, it looks like the vehicle is starting to show its age, mostly because down below, VW’s family car has been riding on the same architecture since 2005.
Autoweek.nl reports that the upcoming 2014 VW Passat will ride on the new MQB platform which will also underpin the next-generation Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf.
This switch will reportedly enable the model to weigh at least 50 kg (110 lbs) less than the current Passat.
The Dutch report says technology features that Volkswagen has historically charged a premium for – like phone and audio connectivity, satellite navigation, and driver-assist systems – should become standard in the next Passat.
It’s too soon to say what we’ll find under the bonnet of the 2014 Passat, although a hybrid powertrain – and possibly a plug-in electric system – are expected to debut sometime after launch.
The Passat was placed in the middle of the sedan/saloon market segment at its introduction in 1973. According to Wikipedia, the first Passat was developed partly from the Audi 80/Fox and, until 2005, the two shared a history.