Built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen Passat 2012 US Version is the car capable of driving you from Seattle to San Francisco, Chicago to New York in just one full tank of gas. These road trips are achieved by spending one gallon on 43 miles with manual transmission.
Since we mentioned it was build in Chattanooga, Tennessee, an interesting fact about its painting job is that no filter is used in that process which results in CO2 emission reduction around 20 per cent.
Appearances can be deceiving, as Volkswagen Passat 2012 US Version is concerned, first impression does add to the price tag, but only for a moment. This car does look more expensive than the price tag says. This ‘deception’ was created by Klaus Bischoff, a design leader from Germany for the Volkswagen Brand, and Walter Silva, a design chief from Italy for the Volkswagen Group.
One of the key ingredients to the Volkswagen Passat 2012 US Version style is its front end. A single unit is formed from a three-blade grille and headlights. This three-blade grill is created in a three-dimensional shape which is quite elegant indeed. Right under the bumper there is a lower intake with illuminating fog lights on each side.
Moving on from the front looks of the Volkswagen Passat 2012 US Version, the sides are also impressive with powerful wheel arches, roof lines that makes the car a bit coupe-in-style, three side windows with long glass surface, horizontal taillights in the trunk lid and rear fender. The proportions of the Volkswagen Passat 2012 are 191, 6 inches, 72, 2 width and a stretch wheelbase with 110.4 inches.
The interior is quite spacious with a family taste and fitted for American lifestyles. There is plenty of room for five adults to enjoy a road trip to the fullest. The four large doors of the car open wide enough not allowing a problem getting in or out. The instrument panel is crafted with chrome-trimmed gauges, digital multifunctional display, chromed air vents, chrome surroundings of the radio, chrome navigation system and even chromed climate control panels.
The seats are extra comfortable with eight ways of adjusting the driver’s seat (with lumbar adjustment included), under-thigh support and extra sides.
What makes the Volkswagen Passat 2012 US Version come to life is a 2.5-liter gasoline engine, a 3.6-liter VR6 and a 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel.
The 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine is capable of delivering 177 horsepower with 170 lb-ft of torque. It features four valves per cylinder, double chain-driven overhead camshafts, maintenance-free hydraulic lifters, and is available with five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic.
The 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel creates 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, delivering 43 mpg on highway drive; that recons around 795 miles on one tank. This engine also features a Selective Catalytic Reduction System (SCR).
The 3.6 liter VR6 creates an impressive 258 lb-ft of torque and 380 hp, an EPA highway estimation of 28 mpg handled with a standard six-speed DSG.
The Volkswagen Passat 2012 US Version is also available in three trim levels – S, SE and SEL, with 16 equipment levels in total.