It appears the 2011 Passat will get a facelift and not a full redesign. This means the Passat will ride on the B6 (aka the PQ46) platform, instead of the B7 platform as previously expected.

With the Paris Motor Show just around the corner, new details are starting to emerge about the 2011 Volkswagen Passat.

Unfortunately, it's not good news. It appears the 2011 Passat will get a facelift and not a full redesign. This means the Passat will continue to ride on the B6 (aka the PQ46) platform, instead of the B7 platform as previously expected.

Regardless, as these new spy photos show, the updated Passat will feature heavily revised styling. Up front, the car will adopt a four-bar grille, more conventional headlights, and a restyled bumper. Out back, we can expect revised taillights, a modified bumper, and a larger Volkswagen logo.

Inside, changes will be limited but there will be an increased focus on "perceived quality." Essentially, the cabin will be outfitted with higher quality materials, a new instrument cluster, and a sportier steering wheel.

In terms of performance, engine options will carry over but there could be some minor modifications for improved fuel efficiency. Additionally, Volkswagen engineers have tweaked the chassis for improved ride and handling.

As for the next-gen model, look for an unveiling in 2012 or 2013.

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