2020 VW Passat makes Detroit Auto Show debut

NAIAS 2019 is the scene VW picked for the launch of its 2020 Passat sedan

The 2020 VW Passat is among the debuts of this year’s Detroit Auto Show, so here’s what is has to offer.

For starters, you should know that the 2020 Passat retains its predecessor’s underpinnings but gets a new design approach - this is VW though, so there are no fireworks, really.

However, the 2020 Passat gets a large grille flanked by standard LED lights. LED taillights are also present, just like the 17-inch alloy wheels (18- and 19-inch wheels can be had on demand).

On the inside, the dashboard gets fancy-looking air vents that stretch throughout its length, while the instrument panel adopts a more modern look while the glass-covered infotainment system rounds up the cabin’s tech flavor.

The setup is compatible with the likes of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as MirrorLink. As for safety, VW promises that the 2020 Passat will be fitted with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert. Optional safety systems include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Parking Steering Assistant.

Comfort-wise, the 2020 Passat offers front and rear heated seats, dual-zone Climatronic climate control (also automatic), heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers and keyless access, just to name a few.

No changes under the hood - the 2020 Passat will rely on the same 2-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI unit tweaked to produce 174 hp and 207 lb-ft “on most models.” Power goes to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

VW says the 2020 Passat will be available in four trim levels plus a bonus launch-only Limited version. Market debut is slated for the summer of 2019.

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