The news comes after Volkswagen Group chairman Herbert Diess initially invalidated such plans. Diess had previously suggested that the future all-electric ID Vizzion model (pictured above) would likely be offered in saloon and wagon body types, and could act as a replacement to the Passat product family.
Volkswagen Group insiders have told Autocar that the new model is known internally as the 'B9', and that its styling and design process has already been completed.
According to Autocar, one insider said: "with the Arteon, we already have a style leader in the segment. This leaves the door open for the Passat to become even more space-orientated than today’s model".
This move to produce a ninth-generation Passat could also signal the end of the brand's current strategy of offering the Passat on two different platforms for different markets.
Meanwhile in Australia, the current eighth-generation Passat range has been culled to just one variant, the 140TSI Business, which is offered in both sedan and wagon body shapes.