Tweaked looks coming for Volkswagen's family sedan

The facelifted Volkswagen Passat sedan has been spied undergoing testing in the European Alps.

Up front, the headlamp internals have been reworked, with the LED driving lights now forming a brow above the main- and high-beam units. The grille, at least on this prototype, has an egg crate-style design not too dissimilar to that used on the pricier Arteon.

The lower air intake area has been tweaked, and is now bisected by two bars instead of one, while the fog light area has a sportier feel and is more tightly integrated into the overall design.

At the rear, there are new graphics for the LED tail-lights, with a design reminiscent of the one used on high-end Golf models. We also expect a light makeover of the rear bumpers, although we can't quite make out the details from these photos.

Under the skin, there will likely be some revised drivetrain revisions, with talk of a turbocharged V6 'R' model headlining the Passat range at some point.

Inside the cabin, we expect the Passat to feature new trim and colour combinations, the latest infotainment technology, and updated safety features.