Nigeria’s market leader, Stallion, has introduced the latest Volkswagen Passat, which falls in the eight generation of the model known for its boldness and the German dexterity.
Stallion’s Volkswagen Centre unveiling the much anticipated revolutionary tech-savvy eight-generation 2016 volkswagen Passat recently at the Victoria Island showroom indicated that the mid-to-upscale Wolfsburg family sedan is a deservingly makeover of its Chattanooga-built predecessor that made a debut in 2012.
Positioned between Golf (Jetta) and Phaeton in the current Volkswagen line-up, the new passat is significantly fitted with a swank exterior, more aggressive features with exceptionally refined interior appointments and ready to take on the likes of Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion and even the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes Benz C-Class.
The Stallion Motors Volkswagen Centre head of Sales & Marketing, Mr Manish Daryanani, remarked that the quality of the VW Passat’s interior materials is among the best in the class. Indeed, the new passat’s overall cabin design is decidedly upscale, while the layout of gauges and controls is refreshingly simple. The front seats of the car are nicely bolstered with 12-way power adjustable front seats with active climate and are wide enough to not incarcerate the passengers. In the back, the passat’s full-size sedan dimensions would give even 6-footers ample room to stretch out their legs just as the car’s trunk is large enough to accommodate 15.9 cubic feet of cargo, and you can haul bulkier items when the 60/40 rear seatbacks are folded down.
“The premium Fender audio system will please even hard-core audiophiles, and the new infotainment system is faster to respond to inputs and easier to use than the old unit. Smartphone and media players can now connect to the system via a USB port, rather than the previous MDI plug,” Daryanani said.
Powered by a 1.8-litre engine, the passat also gets a host of other features and safety attributes for the 2016 model year. They include easy-open keyless access to the trunk that only requires a moving foot near the back of the vehicle to open and a post-collision braking system, which is now standard on all models across line-up. This new system will apply the brakes after a primary collision is detected by airbag sensors which help to reduce residual kinetic energy and the possibility of additional damage.
In what could perhaps be an industry first, the new passat’s exterior is characterised by sleek horizontal lines with uniquely shaped headlight units and LED headlamps that look strikingly different. This is in addition to short overhangs, long wheelbase, striking bonnet and shoulder lines with excellently shaped radiator grille and front bumper.