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First look: VW's Passat hits wagon trail

Real Estate: Volkswagen is expecting big returns from its capacious Passat wagon.

VW will offer its next-generation Passat wagon alongside the new sedan

Volkswagen logo10 Jun 2005

VOLKSWAGEN has released photos of its new Passat Estate, which is due on sale alongside the sedan late in 2005.

The station wagon shares its front V-shaped chrome grille and other visual cues with the sedan until the B-pillar, whereupon it features a window line that rises towards the rear pillar and a raked tailgate angle. Fast-acting LED bulbs are used for the tail lights.

VW claims the cargo area can carry 1731 litres, up from the 1600-litre capacity of its predecessor. The newcomer is also 19mm taller, 92mm longer and 477mm wider.

Options in Europe include self-levelling hydro-pneumatic rear suspension and a rail system in the boot floor to secure heavy loads.

The wagon adopts the sedan’s four-link rear suspension and transversely-mounted engines, the latter set to include a 110kW 2.0 FSI, 184kW 3.2-litre narrow-angle V6 FSI and two turbo-diesel variants.

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