It's a good car and all, but it could use a dose of style.
The current Volkswagen Passat sold in the US was designed specifically for that market. The Passat sold in Europe and some other markets is pretty much a heavily facelifted version of the previous gen model. That’s not a bad thing, and it continues to sell in solid numbers overseas. VW made the US-spec Passat bigger (because many Americans are festively plump) and more conservatively styled inside and out. It’s sold well, but VW now realizes the sedan needs more passion.
According to a new report, VW officials recently admitted as much, and the facelift that’s due for 2016 will very likely be more than just a simple nip/tuck. Competitors such as the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata are definitely lookers, while the Passat is just plain vanilla, at best. One VW official stated that "we are quite aware that we have to do something to keep the car fresh in the market." Along with those cosmetic updates, expect to also see new features such as driver’s assistance systems. If VW wants to become the number one automaker in the world by 2018, it needs to excel in the US. The refreshed Passat will be vital in order to achieve that global goal.