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Volkswagen Refreshes Passat, Drops Prices on Tiguan and Touareg

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/5/2015 Kelly Pleskot

Volkswagen announced a number of changes for its 2016 lineup, but the biggest updates will arrive on the Passat. The midsize sedan will feature a major facelift that includes new sheetmetal, wheels, headlights, and taillights.

The automaker hasn't released full details on the updated Passat, but we can expect a more premium interior when it goes on sale this fall. VW says to look for a revised instrument panel, a full suite of technology features, and a variety of new driver assistance systems. Whatever it is, Volkswagen of America President and CEO Michael Horn told us last year that the upcoming redesign will be "a big step" for the sedan.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen is also lowering prices on a few of its models. The CC receives a new entry-level 2.0T Trend model that comes standard with LED taillights, leatherette seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and 12-way heated and power adjustable front seats. Volkswagen is outright slashing prices on the high-priced Tiguan and Touareg models. The Tiguan gets a nearly $1,400 price reduction while the Touareg will go for about $2,000 less than last year. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Other changes to the 2016 lineup include a new 1.4-liter turbo engine for the base Jetta, which was announced earlier this week. Volkswagen will also bring its next-generation MIB infotainment system with VW Car-Net App-Connect to nearly every model in its lineup. VW also now calls for the use of regular gasoline for most models, as opposed to the premium fuel that was once recommended in many of its cars.

Pictured above is the 2015 Volkswagen Passat.

Source: Volkswagen

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