VW Passat now available in the Middle East Region image

At the 2012 Qatar Motor Show, Volkswagen has unveiled the Passat model for the Middle East Region.

The model, developed in Germany and produced in North America, is larger than the European version, making it ideally suited for the region, the company said in a statement.

The base features are more-or-less the same, though it looks like the expatriated Passat which is assembled in the U.S. will come with a standard touch screen. As expected the vehicle will be powered by a 125 kW / 170 PS five-cylinder petrol engine. ABS and ESP are also both standard.

It also has electric windows, air conditioner, heat insulating glass, cruise control, immobilizer system and comfort seats.

The German automaker hopes that by offering the more spacious version they will attract a combination of business and private consumers, though there isn’t any word on the SEL V6 model.

Volkswagen’s sales saw a 21% growth in the Middle East last year with around 11,000 vehicles, and 35% growth in the GCC.