The updated 2020 Volkswagen Passat has been hit with delays on various models, as the local division battles with changes in production scheduled caused by the new WLTP emissions regulations in Europe.
Originally scheduled to hit Australian showrooms before the end of the year, the refreshed 2020 Passat will now see a staggered launch Down Under that will see the full line-up's availability draw out into 2020.
CarAdvice understands the entry-level 140TSI turbo petrol model will be first to arrive, likely still before year's end. This engine is reserved for base grades, meaning Australia will only get the Comfortline model initially.
The 162TSI and 206TSI 4Motion variants will follow, with final timing still to be confirmed. It's expected both Highline and R-Line models will feature the more powerful petrol engines.
From there, the crossover-styled Passat Alltrack will arrive sometime in 2020, powered exclusively by the 162TSI petrol engine with 4Motion all-wheel drive from launch. It appears the 140TDI diesel versions of both the standard and high-riding Passat won't be coming here, at least initially.
Available features should include new IQ.Light Matrix LED headlights, along with the IQ.Drive semi-autonomous drive assist which combines the adaptive cruise and lane-keeping systems that can pilot the car at speeds between 0-210km/h.
Final pricing and specifications for our market are still to be confirmed, though.
VW's local division has indicated, however, that Australia will get the company's new MIB3 infotainment interface in the Passat, a first for the local line-up. With this system, the Passat will offer wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity for the first time, though the software will likely be reserved for high-spec variants.
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