VW unveils new Passat design for 2016

Chattanooga-made model gets first facelift in five years

The front headlights and grill of the redesigned version of the Chattanooga-made Passat for the 2016 model year is shown.

Volkswagen of America Inc., battered by the revelation that it rigged nearly half a million cars to defeat U.S. smog tests, sought Monday night to put a new and better face on its Chattanooga-made Passat by unveiling its redesigned version for the 2016 model year.

At the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City, VW showed off what it touted as "a winning combination of design, interior and cargo space, class-leading technology, available driver assistance systems, and powerful, yet frugal, engines."

"We applied a progressive design strategy with the new Passat, giving the car a dynamic presence and a more sophisticated look," said Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen's head of design. "We have integrated several new design elements, including a sculpted, domed hood that significantly sets the car apart from its predecessor."