Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles Malaysia (VPCM) will probably be introducing two new fashions within the second half of 2019. One is the facelifted B8 Volkswagen Passat and the opposite is the brand new Volkswagen Arteon, the model’s flagship mannequin. This was revealed by VPCM administration at a media roundtable in KL as we speak.
The Arteon made its first look in Malaysia on the #here Premium Auto Automotive Expo (PACE) 2018 present in November final 12 months. The religious successor to the CC, unveiled at Geneva 2017, sits above the Passat in VW’s sedan hierarchy. The previewed unit was powered by a 2.zero litre TSI engine with 280 PS and 350 Nm, and had 4Motion AWD and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automated transmission.
The modern four,862 mm four-door – borrowed from Singapore – additionally had Dynamic Chassis Management (DCC), an XDS digital differential lock and 19-inch “Montevideo” rims. VPCM MD Erik Winter mentioned that they’re near finalising the main points and spec for the Malaysian market, and that suggestions gained from the preview at PACE 2018 had been used within the course of. Extra on the Arteon right here.
The opposite new providing for 2019 is the Volkswagen Passat facelift. Revealed in February this 12 months, the B8 facelift will take over from the present automobile, which has been bought right here as a regionally assembled mannequin since late 2016. In line with VPCM, the refreshed D-segment sedan will probably be near European specs, as the present providing is. For context, VW sells a distinct Passat in North America – we’ve had the European model all alongside.
Visually, the understated good-looking saloon comes with a brand new entrance bumper (the fog lamp surrounds are the obvious change, they’re now not straight), new grille (two slats, one lower than earlier than) and slimmer headlamps. On the again, there’s a re-profiled bumper, new exhaust trim and new triple-L LED tail lamp signatures. Additionally, the Passat script emblem now resides beneath the VW badge, just like the Arteon.
Inside, the horizontal dashboard is basically unchanged, however the analogue clock between the central AC vents have been deleted. Instead is the Passat emblem and a hazard gentle button. Under that, the small row of buttons have been evicted. There’s additionally a brand new steering wheel, whereas the 11.7-inch Lively Information Show boasts shaper graphics and tweaked performance.
In Europe, the Passat facelift is the primary to return with VW’s third-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3), an “at all times on” system that comes with its personal SIM card. This want for steady connectivity is important to interface with Volkswagen We (Plus), a brand new digital platform for mobility merchandise. Extra on the Passat facelift right here.
Two new arrivals, one departure. The one saying goodbye to Malaysia is the Volkswagen Beetle, which has run its course and has been discontinued globally. VPCM will probably be “sending it off with an enormous bang” and the farewell occasion for the Bug will probably be in July.
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