Why the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept Matters:
It’s no secret that Volkswagen is planning to drop the aged 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine that it currently uses to propel the standard versions of the Beetle, Golf, Jetta, and Passat. The question is: what will replace it? Rumor has it that a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is going to replace the grainy 5-cylinder. And if that’s the case, the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept displayed at the 2013 North American International Auto Show might provide a clue to what’s headed for a VW engine bay near you.
What’s New for the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept:
- Turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine
- Sport suspension tuning
- 19-inch aluminum wheels
- Dual exhaust outlets
- Bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive Front Lighting System
- LED running lights and taillights
- Two-tone leather seats
Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept: Styling and Design
If you’re looking at the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept and you’re having trouble figuring out what’s different, you’re forgiven. The headlights are bi-xenon units with an Adaptive Front Lighting System, and the car is equipped with LED running lights and taillights. Dual exhaust outlets and a discreet lip spoiler hint at the car’s extra performance, while unique 19-inch split-spoke aluminum wheels complete the subtle modifications to the Passat Performance Concept.
Inside, this example of the Passat is equipped with a two-tone leather interior with a headliner. Volkswagen describes the cabin’s trim as “carbon-like.” Now, if this were a real concept car, and not something that is essentially ready to roll down an assembly line, that would be real carbon fiber, wouldn’t it?