Reports out of the UK state that Volkswagen will produce a ninth-generation version of its medium-sized car.
Reports from UK publisher Autocar detail Volkswagen Group’s plans to introduce a successor to the current eighth-generation Passat by 2023.
The news comes after Volkswagen Group chairman Herbert Diess initially invalidated such plans. Diess had previously suggested that the future all-electric ID Vizzion model (pictured above) would likely be offered in saloon and wagon body types, and could act as a replacement to the Passat product family.
Volkswagen Group insiders have told Autocar that the new model is known internally as the ‘B9’, and that its styling and design process has already been completed.
According to Autocar, one insider said: “with the Arteon, we already have a style leader in the segment. This leaves the door open for the Passat to become even more space-orientated than today’s model”.
The report goes on to mention that the future ninth-generation Passat will share most of its DNA with the Skoda Superb.
Whilst it remains to be known whether the Passat will employ a liftback design as per the Skoda Superb, Autocar does state that it is “certain” a wagon body style will continue to be offered.
This move to produce a ninth-generation Passat could also signal the end of the brand’s current strategy of offering the Passat on two different platforms for different markets.
Meanwhile in Australia, the current eighth-generation Passat range has been culled to just one variant, the 140TSI Business, which is offered in both sedan and wagon body shapes.