After all the excitement about VW’s NMS (new mid-size sedan), and then to find out that it’s a Passat, is a tad anti-climactic. Even if it is a model made especially for the United States. It’s hard to shake the idea of a bigger Jetta: cheaper than the older model, but with less content. The ’12 Passat is expected to start at around $20,000, whereas its predecessor went for $27,915. This Passat will be made in VW’s new Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, run a 170-hp 2.5-liter five or a 280-hp 3.6-liter V6, and have front-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive might be an option down the road. Interestingly, there’s also the possibility of a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that could return 43 mpg. We’ll assume VW’s product planners know what they’re doing, but the picture is far from clear.
Does it drive as good as it looks? Yes it does! #superstreet #drivingisbelieving #bmwi8 #azusacanyon