Updated mid-sizer seen in 'Variant' guise for the first time with minor design revisions.
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Photographers have snapped images of the updated 2019 Volkswagen Passat Wagon – or 'Variant' as it's known in markets like Germany – ahead of an anticipated reveal early next year.

Like the sedan prototypes we've seen recently, it appears the design changes will be limited to the front and rear sections of the vehicles, incorporating revised grilles, bumpers, and lights – including dynamic 'scrolling' indicators for flagship models.

It's believed the updated Passat will draw heavily from the Arteon four-door coupe, with prominent horizontal slats in the front intake extending into the LED daytime-running light signatures.

Speaking of the lighting, the tail-lights are expected to get revised graphics too, along with a new tailpipe finisher design.

Beyond the design changes, the Passat should get a number of technology and infotainment upgrades, including Volkswagen's latest driver assistance systems as per the Arteon.

Under the skin, revisions are expected to be in store for the current line-up of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines (though diesel has been dropped locally), along with a rumoured Passat R performance flagship powered by a new turbocharged V6.

The plug-in hybrid Passat GTE is likely to carry over with enhancements to its all-electric range, but it won't be coming to Australia. Volkswagen's local division has put its focus firmly on all-electric powertrain technology Down Under.

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