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Driving Seat: Estate gets sporty.

Byline: Alistair COULL

VOLKSWAGEN is gearing up for the launch of its new Passat estate with a sneak preview of the latest car.

Pictures just released by VW show the new vehicle - the sixth generation of the Passat estate - has a much more sporty design than its predecessors.

On sale in November, the new model shares its front design with the saloon with the same V-shaped chrome grille.

However, from the door pillar back the body is radically different.

The streamlined appearance has not been achieved at the expense of luggage capacity and the new Passat estate is bigger than before.

Maximum cargo space is 1,731 litres (61 cubic feet), compared with the 1,600 litres (57 cu ft) of its predecessor. The car is also higher, longer and wider than the outgoing model Self-levelling rear suspension will be available as an option and the car is also equipped with a rail system in the floor of the boot to enable heavy items to be easily secured.

The new Passat also has class leading features including an electronic handbrake as standard as well as dual zone climate control. Bluetooth hands free phone connection will also be available.

Initially the Passat estate will be powered by a choice of six engines, four petrol units, including a range topping 3.2-litre V6 developing 250PS, and two diesels.

The diesels - a 105PS 1.9-litre and a 140PS two-litre - make use of VW's high-pressure injection systems for optimum performance and economy.

A two-litre TDI 170 PS will follow later

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 10, 2005
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