The Volkswagen Passat is coming off of a record year, and it appears Vee-Dub is looking to increase appeal in the lineup. A new Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept is debuting ahead of the 2013 North American International Auto Show, but this one’s strictly about a new engine option; while Volkswagen is calling it a concept, there’s no reason buyers shouldn’t see the 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s already available in Europe, Asia, and other markets.
The four-cylinder packs an impressive 250-horsepower, and would get better fuel economy than the available 3.6-liter V-6 and possibly the 2.5-liter five-cylinder that comes standard in the Passat. We spent a week driving the Passat TDI from Maine to Miami and were particularly impressed with the midsize sedan’s diesel fuel economy. Driving primarily on the highway, we averaged about 37 mpg.
The Passat Performance Concept also features a few distinguishing traits, including a dual-exhaust, 19-inch alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights and LED taillights. The concept also features a lower ride height, and sportier steering feel for better handling.
Volkswagen Tiguan and Touareg R-Line
Volkswagen is also expanding its new R-Line appearance packages to include the Tiguan and Touareg crossovers. The 2014 Tiguan R-Line will enhance the sporty appearance of the Tiguan with Bi-Xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, 19-inch wheels, and a body kit. Inside the Tiguan R gets a flat-bottom wheel with paddle shifters, a black headliner, and some metal and aluminum bits sprinkled throughout the cabin. Similarly, the 2014 Touareg R-Line will add a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels, and a unique front-bumper and body kit to add a new level of sportiness.