Volkswagen has officially unveiled the facelifted 2016 Passat in the United States.

Volkswagen has officially unveiled the facelifted 2016 Passat in the United States.

Designed to fix the many wrongs of its predecessor, the facelifted model features new bumpers, a more prominent four-bar grille and optional LED head- and taillights.  The sedan also gains new a restyled trunk and additional chrome trim.

If that's not enough of a change, there's a new R-Line variant which features a sportier front bumper, unique side skirts and a rear diffuser.  The model also has black accents and 19-inch anthracite Salvador aluminum-alloy wheels.

The interior hasn't been left out either as designers added a new instrument panel, a redesigned steering wheel and higher quality materials.  The model also has piano black trim, chrome accents and an MIB II infotainment system with USB /Bluetooth connectivity as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink compatibility.  New options include heated rear seats and an Easy-Open keyless access trunk that opens when an owner's foot is placed underneath it.

Under the hood, three engines will be available including a 1.8-liter TSI four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter TDI four-cylinder  - assuming the U.S. government signs off - and a 3.6-liter V6 with 280 bhp.

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat will go on sale in the United States later this year and pricing starts at $22,440.

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