By on May 1, 2014


For European and Chinese customers awaiting the 2015 Volkswagen Passat B8, the following spy photos should hold them until the sedan’s debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October.

CarNewsChina reports the Chinese model in the photos will have a wheelbase 10 centimeters longer than the European version, but both will otherwise be identical. The MQB-based sedan in Europe will see power from an assortment of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a rumored V6 pushing over 300 horsepower under the hood of a high-performance model.

Meanwhile, the longer Chinese version — to be produced by the FAW-VW joint venture as the Magotan — will make its debut the following April during the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, and will only come with gasoline powerplants due to cities prohibiting diesel fuel use in passenger vehicles. Local consumers should expect to pay anywhere from 200,000 yuan to 350,000 yuan ($32,000 – $56,000 USD) once the B8 arrives in dealer showrooms; no word on what Europeans will pay for their B8.

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11 Comments on “Chinese Market 2015 VW Passat B8 Caught Unclothed...”

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    Wonder if I’ll be riding in this when I return to Shanghai- instead of a VW Santana.

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    Hmm, guess they didn’t change the Accord much.

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    The Heisenberg Cartel

    Ours has a nicer exterior but this has a real good looking interior.

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    I recall a time when VW made slightly quirky but unique and interesting designs and had interiors that topped your average camcord by a long shot. I have to say, just about all of VW’s current designs are totally uninspiring, perhaps even going so far as to say that VW has the blandest design in the US auto market. I still like a few of their vehicles, but by and large most of the cars they make are forgettable. Its a shame.

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    I love my VW and I have to say – what is so different about this when compared to every other VW out there? Sure there is some different sheetmetal – and this is a redesign according to VW?! Sheesh!

    • 0 avatar

      Not much is new. This is not a full model refresh. It’s a LWB to suit China’s tastes (ironic as most Chinese I know don’t have exceptionally long legs!). In the case of the North American Passat, the MQB transition will effectively be your standard mid-cycle refresh.

      • 0 avatar

        Okay, the longer wheelbase is a bit harder to spot, and maybe it has more rear headroom. Chinese don’t need to have long legs to appreciate more room in the back seat, but if the Chinese you know don’t have long legs, then you don’t know Yao Ming.

      • 0 avatar

        The current European Passat is not MQB-based, it’s a facelift of the B6 model (as previously sold in the US as well) and still carries the same 3C type designation.

        If this is MQB-based (and it should be) then it’s a full redesign, in spite of conservative styling.

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