New Passat shorter, smarter
THE shorter, lighter Passat that made its debut last year in Paris has arrived in SA.
It is the first VW with standard headup display and active info display.
From the driver’s perspective, the projected data appears to be located two metres in front of the Passat.
This reduces eye fatigue by reducing the number of times drivers have to refocus as they do not have to shift their gaze back and forth between the instruments and the street nearly as often.
The head-up display is activated by a separate control next to the rotary light switch.
As with Audi, navigation information on the instrument cluster can be shown in either 2D or 3D views on a 12,3-inch display, and its 1,440 x 540 pixel resolution enables extremely precise, high-quality graphics and interactive display of all details.
In Navigation mode, for instance, the speedometer and tachometer are relocated to the sides to make more room for the map, and information on driving, navigation and assistance functions can be integrated into the graphic areas of the speedometer and tachometer as needed.
Data that is displayed on the centre console via the infotainment system, such as phone contact pages or CD covers, can also be shown in the Active Info Display in the Passat. The new generation of infotainment devices is characterised by better system performance, backed by eight speakers front and rear.
Four models are available, each covered by a three-year or 120 000 km manufacturer warranty and five-year or 100 000 km Automotion Maintenance Plan. All models have a 12 year anti-corrosion warranty and service intervals are 15 000 km. — WR.
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The new Passat is 2 mm shorter but has more interior space and features the first head-up display as standard in a VW..