This story was updated Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at 8:31 p.m. with more information.
Volkswagen of America on Monday said that pricing for the remodeled Chattanooga-made 2020 Passat will start at $22,995 MSRP, with the sedan arriving in dealerships before year's end.
The vehicle builds on the current generation's combination of plenty interior space and creature comforts, and it offers what the automaker said is a bolder design, upgraded technology, and enhanced access to convenience and driver-assistance features.
The new Passat continues to be powered by Volkswagen's 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine, making 174 horsepower. A new torque converter, combined with updated software, boosts output to 206 pound-feet of torque. The power is taken to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic.
While the 2020 Passat retains the underpinnings of the previous model, it has been completely restyled, the automaker said.
Outside, the Passat has a dynamic coupe-like roofline and dominant grille. Standard slim LED headlights and taillights, along with more prominent Passat badging that runs the width of the trunk lid, give the car a more premium look, according to VW. All-new standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels enhance the design, and new 18- and 19-inch wheels are available.
Inside, the Passat combines a new dash design and upgraded technology with a spacious cabin, the company said. A new, more contemporary instrument panel has been fitted, along with a new glass-covered infotainment touchscreen. Complementing the new interior design are new colors and premium materials.
Three interior décor designs are available, based on trim. Volkswagen's V-Tex leatherette and Nappa leather seating surfaces are available in addition to the standard cloth seats, and four color options are available depending on material, according to VW.
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat, assembled at the Chattanooga plant that also produced the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs, will be available in four trim levels.