Are Volkswagen Group Malaysia already working on its all-new Volkswagen Passat in Malaysia? We’re not surprised, given the company’s clear intentions to unveil the car in full come end 2015.
In any case, it’s pleasing to see the car under our shade of sunlight, snapped and shared by social networker, Daniel (thanks buddy!), who saw the car out and about in Kerteh, Terengganu. What’s it doing all the way out there? That’s anyone’s guess at the moment, but one idea might be to keep out of view of eager motoring journalist.
If this is a unit belonging to Volkswagen Group Malaysia, we understand that it’s also likely one that’s fully imported, given details shared with us earlier this year that Volkswagen Malaysia’s assembly plant in Pekan isn’t quite ready for MQB platform production, just yet, but it will be in due time.
With the new architecture in place, the all-new Passat B8 is said also to be in a better position to more accurately contend with the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, rather than dwell just above Honda Accord territory – how it actually fares locally, is something we’ll have to wait on Volkswagen Malaysia to determine via its local prices first.
The all-new Passat itself measures somewhat similarly to its predecessor, but features noticeably shorter front and rear body overhangs – the new chassis stretches the car’s wheelbase further than before, but that’s something these photos don’t do justice to.
Looking at the car here itself, the rear is badges with a TSI BlueMotion lettering, which doesn’t really tell us much other than it is a petrol engine, with anything from a 1.4-litre turbo (TSI) all the way to a 2.0-litre turbo engine possible. Don’t go confusing this with the brand’s new Passat BlueMotion model, which was recently revealed with a 1.8-litre TDI (turbo diesel) four-pot that achieves fuel consumption figures in the region of 3.0-litres/100km.
Staying with the rear-end, it’s also a bit curious that this Passat is showing its twin-exhaust tips, where on the B8 images we saw at the car’s global debut, saw the Passat equipped with hexagonal shaped pipe surrounds, which were integrated into the rear bumper.
Either way, and as we said, it’s nice to see Volkswagen Malaysia keeping up to its promises to bring this car by the end of the year. We’re definitely at the edges of our seats for this one.