Volkswagen USA has teased the new 2020 Passat this week ahead of its full reveal at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next week.
The German manufacturer quietly released sketches of the new sedan without any press release last month, and now the company has taken to Twitter posting a tightly-cropped image of the production alloy wheel.
"Fact: In 2018, over 4.25 million sedans were sold in the U.S. Stay tuned," Volkswagen said in the tweet.
While not much can be seen from the single image (see bottom), the design of the alloy wheel is very similar to the sketches, along with with 'Bonneville' rim offered on the Polo light hatch – which isn't sold in the States, mind you.
It appears the brand is advocating for the humble family sedan, despite a recent push globally towards crossovers, particularly in markets like the US. The Passat is one of Volkswagen's most important and long-running models, too, first launching in 1973.
The new model looks like it will be a radical overhaul of the current US-market Passat, getting the face of the new Touareg and Jetta, along with a sleek rear that is very similar to that of the Jetta.
The bold frontal design where the headlights blend into the grille is also quite similar to that of the related Arteon four-door coupe, though it's worth noting that model isn't available in the US.
It's unclear how indicative the US-market 2020 Passat will be of the pending mid-life facelift for the Euro-market vehicle also sold in Australia, though we could see the two models bridge the gap at least in terms of design.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the Detroit motor show, which kicks off on January 14.