Volkswagen must have known that it would eventually get caught, but it probably did not expect to be amidst such a scandal months ago when they selected September 21 as the reveal date for the new Passat family sedan. This Instagram from automotive journalist Alex Roy best encapsulates the feeling of the night:
Then they finally took the wraps off the updated Passat. It is basically a mild refresh of the design, with some exterior updates, including headlights, taillights, and other tweaks. Under the hood, you’ll be able to get a 170-horsepower 1.8-liter inline-4 and 280-hp 3.6-liter V6. A 2.0-liter diesel engine was mentioned, though given the situation, that engine will likely not be ready until it is actually emissions-compliant.
Inside, the Passat gets new infotainment system. It can now support Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. The base MSRP for the Passat is $22,440, which holds pricing at the same level as last year.
This is a pretty mild update for an already bland car. VW could have announced the Passat would be replaced by giant mechanized chickens, armed with lasers and rocket launchers, and it would not have overshadowed the news of the day.
Volkswagen’s attempts cheat the emissions testing process was still very much on everyone’s minds, and will continue to be, despite any new vehicle rollouts in the coming months.