2016 Volkswagen Passat new design and features
You may have heard it’s striking. You may have heard it’s a game changer. You heard right. The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is one of the few models getting a new look for this model year, and it’s not about to disappoint fans. Every vehicle in the lineup has received new technology, but the 2016 Volkswagen Passat new design and features combine to create a refresh that is truly, well, refreshing.
The midsize segment means different things to different people, which is why it continues to remain a popular choice. For families it means a modestly sized option that still fits the family comfortably and saves on gas. It isn’t just for families, however, as many drivers enjoy a more spacious option that doesn’t skimp on features. When it comes to creating an impression, the 2016 Volkswagen Passat takes it a step further over previous model years with more aggressive styling.
Looking at the model side-by-side with the 2015 Volkswagen Passat, the first thing that will likely catch the eye is the difference to the hood, which loses the flat design of the previous year in favor of more lines for muscular appeal. The doors, roof and body side stamping are untouched while the headlights and grille are reshaped to create the appearance of a wider stance. Chrome detailing around the windows, bumpers and door trims work to complete the package and add a sense of sophistication.
The interior of the 2016 Passat has also been adjusted to enhance what was already considered an attractive cabin. Technology upgrades will be the most noticeably differences, starting with a new steering wheel and two large gauges within the instrument panel. The MIB II infotainment system will also be hard to miss as the touchscreen holds a large presence when it comes to entertainment on the road.
Most models will feature a capacitive touchscreen and proximity sensor, which senses a hand approaching and pulls up a menu automatically. App-Connect features will also be included with the more responsive screen, bringing Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink to the Passat and allowing the infotainment system to work as intuitively as your smartphone.
Other new features in the 2016 VW Passat include automatic post-collision braking, a USB port and a rearview camera, in addition to a host of driver assistance features on higher trim levels. Unfortunately, trim-level specific information is not available at the moment, but we’ll be updating here at the Volkswagen of Springfield Blog as soon as we hear more.