Volkswagen Passat

From Volkswagen press: The Passat carries on the Volkswagen tradition of clean lines and comfortable proportions. At the front is a long, sloping hood that spreads to the rectangular headlights that corner a wide-mouthed grilled with chrome edging and bumper covering. The narrow turn signal indicators rest atop circular halogen fog lamps that are set into the lower front end. The Passat’s profile moves to the rear with a faint horizontal line starting along the upper portion of the front fenders and traveling almost to the taillights, while a slightly angled chrome accent runs from the front door on to the rear bumper. Chrome window trim brings a touch of distinction to contrast the black lower front valance, side skirts, and lower portion of the rear bumper.

On the sedan model, the semicircular roofline eases into the short trunk lid before dropping down to the rectangular jeweled tail lights that house LED lamps for superior brightness.

The 2010 Passat sedan and wagon welcomes drivers and passengers alike by incorporating an array of standard interior features and functions. The front seats are heatable and entirely adjustable – a 12-way, power unit for the driver, and an eight-way, manual unit for the passenger – and are covered in V-Tex that is available in three different colors. The leather-wrapped three spoke steering wheel includes easy-access controls for the multimedia system, and sits before the updated gauge cluster with performance dials and an informative, multifunction digital display.

The heart of the Passat sedan and wagon is Volkswagen’s 2.0-liter turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder gasoline engine. Performance- oriented with a definitive nod to efficiency, the 2.0T power plant is stocked with four valves per cylinder and variable timing, dual overhead camshafts, and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters. The fully-electronic TSI direct fuel injection system and drive-by-wire throttle control constantly monitor and adjust power delivery, making for quick acceleration when called upon, and improved fuel economy overall. All told, the 2.0T gives Passat drivers access to 200 horsepower at 5,100 rpm, and 207 lbs.-ft. of torque from 1,700 to 5,000 rpm.

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