So far, we’ve seen prototypes of the refreshed Passat sedan and GTE models. Yesterday, however, the automaker was doing some tests on the wagon variant of its popular car. Just like its sedan and GTE siblings, the 2019 VW Passat Variant is going to receive a mid-cycle refresh.
SPY SHOTS: 2019 VW Passat Variant
Exterior changes for the wagon will not be great of course. The refresh will bring new graphics for the LED taillights and a lightly reshaped bumper in the rear. Up front, the 2019 VW Passat Variant seems to be coupled with a new grille and reshaped air intakes. The testing prototype uses the existing headlights, but the automaker may add a pair of redesigned lights when the production model arrives.
If Volkswagen decides to offer the amazing Innovision Cockpit that made debut in the new Touareg, then the 2019 Passat Variant needs to get a completely new dashboard. This would be a great scenario, but the chances to see that are fairly small. Instead, the wagon will most probably be fitted with a carried over dash and updated infotainment.
Under the hood, the 2019 VW Passat Variant will most definitely replace the outdated 1.4-liter TSI with a brand new 1.5-liter TSI that delivers diesel-like fuel economy and it’s rated at 130 horsepower. The topper will reportedly rely on a V6 engine, but that’s not confirmed at the moment. On the other hand, if the carmaker decides to offer a plug-in hybrid option under the hood of the wagon, the unit will most definitely mirror the new GTE plug-in hybrid. The existing one combines a 1.4-liter mill with an electric motor for a combined output of 215 hp and 295 pound-feet of twist, and an electric mile-range of 31 miles (50 kilometers). The new plug-in hybrid powertrain will reportedly change the current 1.4-liter mill for the aforementioned 1.5-liter TSI, which will definitely have a positive influence on fuel economy.
According to the latest reports, the refreshed VW Passat Variant will become available next spring. Since it’s an updated model, the price should mirror the current one.