Germans want to broaden their lineup and stop the constant decrease in sale numbers of their midsize sedan, Passat. Although this model received a major facelift for 2016 model year, it was in 2016 when German carmaker unveiled their future plans with the Passat GT concept. Not long after, the plan has come to realization with confirmation from VW representative: “It is happening, it will be a 2018 model year, launched in 2018.” They want to offer a sportier variant of the Passat, but will 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT deliver the expectations?
2018 Volkswagen Passat GT – Design Tweaks
Design tweaks are the first thing noticeable. Taken from the GTI, there’s a red stripe stretching above the honeycomb grille (and one below it) and headlights. Another red accent we can find behind the alloy wheels, the brake calipers. Not all is red. The roof is black while there’s also a deck lid spoiler in a black finish. Appart from the front and rear GT lettering in chrome there’s also red GT on the back doors.
2018 Volkswagen Passat GT – Engine
Those red accents should emphasize on more power and sportiness. But if the reports are true, under the hood of 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT will lie the same V6 engine which can be found in higher trims of regular Passat. It’s the 3.6-liter engine generating 280 horsepower and 256 lb-ft of torque. This “sports” car will also remain to be FWD. But even if the power output will be the same, there must be something else under the body. Well, there is. The car will feature lowered, sport tuned suspension, but that’s about it.
The good thing is that safety level of this car will be high, taken in consideration it is regular Passat with design tweaks and few mechanical changes. We’ll just say that 2017 Passat received Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.
2018 Volkswagen Passat GT – Price
We certainly can’t say what number on the price tag will this car have, but it certainly won’t be under $35k. We’ll just have to wait a little longer until Passat GT arrives and see will it fulfill expectations. Passat is aimed at Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.