The image, which shows the eighth-generation large car cloaked by a thin veil, provides a clear look at the Passat’s LED headlights and daytime running lights – the latter lining the lower borders of the headlamp clusters in a style reminiscent of models from sister brands Audi and Skoda.
A signature broad, multi-slat grille meets the headlight’s inner edges, adding width to the Passat’s front end.
Flared front wheel arches add muscularity to its stance, while a strong shoulder line running from the front guards to the tail-lights injects extra personality into the large sedan, which has been criticised in its current guise for its conservative styling.
Sedan and wagon body styles of the eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat will be revealed online early in July before debuting in the flesh at October’s Paris motor show.
As reported late last month, the new model will be marginally smaller than its predecessor but offer more space for passengers and cargo.
It will be lighter and up to 20 per cent more fuel efficient thanks to the use of aluminium in its construction and the introduction of new twin-turbo diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Other new features will include anti-dazzle high beams, traffic jam assist, the latest generation of Volkswagen’s automatic park assist system, and the claimed world-first trailer assist feature.
The redesigned cabin will gain a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, head-up display, modular infotainment system with application functionality, and a 360-degree camera system.
The all-new Volkswagen Passat will go on sale in right-hand-drive markets early in 2015, and should reach Australia by mid-year.