The Passat nameplate isn't dead yet.
Though it never shot to the top of sales charts, the Volkswagen Passat was a fairly successful model with a unique history. Unfortunately, the most recent Passat wasn't the ultimate representation of the nameplate, having split from the superior European version back in 2011. The North American Passat ended production earlier this year with a lackluster special edition as a final send-off. Though the Passat is officially dead in the US, the nameplate will live on in Europe.
In fact, our spy photographers just captured the first photos of the next-generation Passat Variant (wagon), internally codenamed the B9. VW already canceled the Passat sedan in Europe, so this new model will only be sold as a wagon.
This new Passat should debut in 2023 as a 2024 model, and will most likely be the last generation to offer a combustion engine. Under the hood, we expect a variety of gasoline and diesel engines, all incorporating a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. VW will offer plug-in hybrid variants as well. Later in its lifecycle, the Passat will spawn a lifted Alltrack version with more ground clearance than the standard Variant.
It's tough to tell what this new Passat will look like because these test mules are heavily disguised to mirror the current model. We can tell that this new generation will be longer, creating more passenger and cargo space. The Passat will share a platform with Skoda Superb, with both models set to be built in Bratislava, Slovakia.
We know this Passat will not come to the United States, but that doesn't mean we couldn't receive our own version. VW has already teased a future electric sedan codenamed the Aero B, which could slot in perfectly as a Passat successor. This upcoming EV has been described as a "coupe limousine" that should be more attractive than the now-dead Passat. Though we wouldn't mind getting a PHEV wagon, a sleek, affordable EV sedan should suffice.