2023 Volkswagen Passat spied as plug-in hybrid wagon with tricky camouflage

It appears to have a tablet-like infotainment protruding from the dash.

2023 volkswagen passat spied as plug-in hybrid wagon with tricky camo

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Get ready to say goodbye to the German-made Passat because the next-generation model will be assembled in Slovakia alongside the equivalent Skoda Superb. Volkswagen’s midsize car has once again been spotted testing as a wagon, perhaps because the sedan is rumored to be discontinued. The charging port on the driver’s side front fender reveals the wagon’s electrified nature by introducing a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

In typical VW fashion, the prototype gets clever camouflage to cover the front grille, headlights, and taillights. It’s there to make the tester look a lot like the outgoing Passat. This feeling is amplified by the “fog lights”, which are nothing more than stickers attached to the front bumper. At the back, the apron also appears to be mischievously hidden.

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The side profile reveals the true identity of the car because the cabin is slightly different, especially when you look at the shape of the quarter glass. Also, the recess in the door panel for the handle is wider than before, as it spans the full width of the handle. From the spy shots showing the vehicle’s front fascia, you can also take in the rear of the infotainment. Like the upcoming Golf facelift, the Passat is switching to a tablet to echo the electric ID.3 and ID.4 models.

Mounted on an evolution of the MQB platform, the main family truck will effectively be the last Passat to be offered with combustion engines. These have been designed to comply with the Euro 7 regulations that will come into force in the coming years. VW won’t have to worry too much about rivals with the discontinued Ford Mondeo and Renault Talisman, while the Opel Insignia will also be retired this year. Its biggest adversary will, in fact, be the Superb, which Skoda has confirmed will continue in both liftback and wagon body styles.

Those ready to jump on the electric bandwagon should know that there will be a similarly sized EV as the production version of the 2022 ID. Aero and 2018 ID. Vision Concepts. The MEB-based car will arrive in the second half of next year in China, followed by Europe and the United States. If the 2019 ID. Space Vizzion is any indication, a more practical wagon could be on the way.

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