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A New Volkswagen Is Coming

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We'll give you a clue...it's a sedan.

Volkswagen will reveal the all-new 2020 Passat sedan next week at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. Before the car is officially revealed, VW USA has given us a small teaser on its Twitter page to drum up some excitement. The teaser image only shows the wheel, so we still don't know much about what the car will look like. We guess that's why they call it a teaser.

From what we can see, the wheel boasts an attractive five-spoke design with a two-tone finish, wrapped in a sticky ContiPro Continental tire. This is likely the range-topping R model, which will ride on 19-inch wheels. Lesser Passat models will ride on 17- and 18-inch wheels.

We don't expect the new Passat to be radically different from the current model with the car expected to ride on the existing platform, not the MQB chassis found on the Jetta, Golf, and Arteon. We have seen a new Passat in the Chinese market, though VW has often given the US a lesser model than what is found in other markets. This is a shame because the Chinese-market Passat (pictured below) looks extremely luxurious.

As with the platform, the engine is expected to be a carryover, a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit producing the same 174 horsepower as the outgoing car, though torque will be increased from 184 to 207 lb-ft of torque.

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Although the teaser doesn't show much, it did come with a caption saying, "Fact: In 2018, over 4.25 million sedans were sold in the US. Stay tuned." This insinuates VW is still committed to sedans and won't abandon them as Ford did. The Passat is an important model for VW, becoming the second best-selling model in the company's history (only behind the Beetle). After the Passat's reveal in Detroit, VW will reveal the new Jetta GLI in Chicago, finally putting the GLI on the same playing field as the Golf GTI.