This Is The 2020 Volkswagen Passat Before You're Supposed to See It and It Looks Pretty Good

All pictures from Volkswagen
All pictures from Volkswagen

Not everyone is buying into the idea that the sedan has been murdered at the tire-gloved hands of the crossover, which is good news for those of us who want to keep a little variety on our roads. That’s why it’s nice to see that Volkswagen’s re-design of the 2020 Volkswagen Passat is quite a dapper, handsome-looking sedan, even if it’s really more of a facelift than a whole new car.

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These are Volkswagen’s press pictures, which were published pre-embargo by our charmingly impatient pals over at Carscoops, who got them from Wheelsage.

Unlike the Passat sold in Europe, the U.S.-market Passat is one of the very few remaining VWs not built on the new modular MQB platform, which is a little surprising given Volkswagen’s seeming eagerness to unify all their products under the MQB tent. Our Passat has been designed for America-specific needs and wants, like more rear-seat legroom, and a cheaper price compared to the MQB model.

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So, while the car still has the same bones as before, it looks all new, inside and out. The front end gets a much larger and blingy-er grille, a bold chrome grid that incorporates the low and wide headlamps like a wraparound mask.

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The under-bumper front air dam area has been significantly re-designed, and the car gets some crisper and more angular sheet metal detailing throughout, including a rear fender that protrudes, shoulder-like from the rear and forms a nice break from the base of the C-pillar to the beltline.

At the rear, the widely-kerned P A S S A T badging between the taillights gives a nice upscale and elegant tone to the car, even if those quad parallelogram tailpipes are almost undoubtedly fakes.

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I’m also not sure about that slightly Pep Boys-looking bits of chrome trim just in front of and extending onto the front doors.

Those wheels are pretty interesting as well, and appear to the the 19-inch ones from the sportier edition Passat, the R-Line, and were teased by Volkswagen in a tweet just a few days ago:

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The interior is all-new as well, with an interesting accent strip of silver striped/ribbed material across the dash:

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It’s a good-looking sedan, I think. Now VW just needs to hope that people remember what sedans are.

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Here’s some pictures of the new Passat, live from the show floor! Hot Damn!

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fake exhausts:

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jakyle111995
My Skoda is the most Superb

A few things I immediately noticed as an owner of a 2017 Passat:

The door panels are virtually unchanged and the entire center console aft of the shifter is also completely unchanged. A 2017 interior for reference:

VW already disappointed me when they announced that this car wouldn’t be migrating to the MQB architecture and yet even though my expectations were already low, they were still not met.