On Wednesday, Volkswagen, the German Automaker, launched Passat Connect. The Premium sedan now comes equipped with Volkswagen Connect. This means that along with the car you also get an integrated advanced telematics and vehicle assistance system or, in simple terms, Intelligent Personal Assistant. The Passat Connect price starts at Rs 25.99 lakh.
What is Volkswagen Connect?
The Volkswagen Connect is an advanced system for connecting the car with customers smartphone. The connection is done via Bluetooth and a ‘Plug and Play’ data dongle fitted to the onboard diagnostics (OBD) port on the car. The dongle uses the smartphone to show important data insights on the customer car via an app which is compatible with both Android and iOS platforms. The features part of the application include:
The Other Updates
There are little mechanical updates on the Passat Connect. There are no engine variants for the trim and it carries the same 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that churns out 177 hp and 350 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Further, the German automaker claims a fuel efficiency of 17.42kpl for the sedan. The onboard ‘Think Blue Trainer’ feature further assists in improving driving efficiency via timely and effective inputs.
On the comfort and safety front, the Passat Connect will have nine airbags, hill-start assist, and auto-hold, dynamic chassis control as premium features. Other than this a reverse camera with a 360-degree view, park sensors make parking and U-turns easier than before. The sedan also accentuates passenger-driver comfort with premium Nappa leather seats, three-zone climate control, electric adjustable front seats with heating and massage functions. These features will serve well when on holidays or a family road trip.
The premium variant of the Volkswagen Passat Connect has been priced at Rs 28.99 lakh. On Indian roads, it will rival the likes of top-spec Sportline trim of Skoda Superb and Toyota Camry Hybrid