VW limits Passat variants at start

Basic model not out until autumn

Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is introducing its new Passat with only four engine options and is limiting the number of options that will be immediately available. A basic model will not be available until the fall, for example. Options such as distance-warning radar and bi-xenon bending headlamps will not be available until May 2006. Those who want more powerful engines for the Passat also must wait. Currently the offer ranges from the TDI with 105hp (starting at 24,010 euros) to the gasoline direct-injection engine with 150hp (starting at 28,900 euros). A four-valve diesel version with 175hp and particlate filter won't be available until May 2006. Two more gasoline-powered cars will follow this fall:
  • The bottom-of-the-range model with 102hp will be available at a base price of 21,800 euros.
  • The top-of-the-line model will have a 3.2-liter, 250hp direct-injection engine. A 280hp version of the 3.6-liter six-cylinder model will be launched in the US market only starting in late summer. VW expects to sell about 3 million units of the sixth-generation Passat during its product cycle. The sedan version has grown by 62mm to a total length of 4.77 meters.
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