2020 Volkswagen Passat is a redesigned sedan in a sea of crossovers at the #DetroitAutoShow
• Debuting at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2020 Volkswagen Passat features new styling, new tech and added safety. Although it closes the door on its predecessor's longer-than-average eight-year product cycle, it rides on a revised version of the same platform and has the same engine under hood. • The 2020 Passat follows in the footsteps of its younger compact brother, the Jetta, which started a new generation for the 2019 model year. It has a sharper exterior design than the outgoing model and uses jagged lines and edges to give the otherwise sedate four-door a sportier look. A large widened grille and standard slim LED headlights give the Passat more presence and a lower stance, a theme that is continued in the rear with thin LED tail lamps and prominent badging. Seventeen-inch wheels are standard, with 18-inch and 19-inch available in other trims. • As mentioned earlier, the new Passat will be offered with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection four-cylinder TSI engine as before. Horsepower stays the same at 174, but a new torque converter and updated software will give the car a bit more pep, boosting torque from 184 pound-feet to 207. A six-speed automatic transmission funnels power to the front wheels. According to previous discussions with VW, something similar to the Passat GT is possible in the future, but there's no confirmation.
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