Tuesday, 24 October 2017
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2016 Volkswagen Passat (8th Generation) unveiled in Nigeria

Popular Nigerian car dealer, Stallion, has unveiled the latest Volkswagen (VW) Passat which falls in the 8th Generation of the model in Nigeria.

The much anticipated revolutionary 8th Generation 2016 Volkswagen Passat was announced at the firm’s Victoria Island showroom.

The vehicle is considered a successor of the Chattanooga, another member of the mid-to-upscale Wolfsburg family sedan, which was launched in 2012.

The new Volkswagen Passat has an overall upscale cabin design. It boasts of 12-way power-adjustable front seats which are wide enough to not incarcerate the passengers.

The back seat would give 6-footers ample room to stretch out their legs. The car’s trunk is large enough to accommodate 15.9 cubic feet of cargo, and one can haul bulkier items when the 60/40 rear seatbacks are folded down.

The vehicle has a sleek outside design. It comes with uniquely shaped headlight units and LED headlamps that look strikingly different.

This is in addition to short overhangs, long wheelbase, striking bonnet and shoulder lines with excellently shaped radiator grille and front bumper.

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is powered by a 1.8-litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine and sports a Post-collision Braking System- which is now standard on all models across the line-up.

This new system will apply the brakes after a primary collision is detected by airbag sensors which help to reduce residual kinetic energy and the possibility of additional damage.

Stallion Motors Volkswagen Centre head of Sales & Marketing, Mr Manish Daryanani, said the quality of the VW Passat’s interior materials is among the best in the class.

“The premium Fender Audio System will please even hard-core audiophiles, and the new infotainment system is faster to respond to inputs and easier to use than the old unit. Smartphone and media players can now connect to the system via a USB port rather than the previous MDI plug,” Daryanani said.

Other features of the vehicle include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, lane departure warning, aerial view overhead camera and parking steering assist.

The vehicle is considered to be positioned between Golf (Jetta) and Phaeton in the current Volkswagen line-up.

The VW car is expected to compete directly with the likes of Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Ford Fusion, and even the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes Benz C-Class.