The U.S.-spec 2016 Volkswagen Passat receives lots of non-mechanical upgrades to the existing model and impresses the public inspite of all the desagreable rumours after the emmisions scandal.
VW pushed full-steam ahead with its New York reveal of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, despite calamitous allegations the automaker blatantly deceived the EPA and knowingly violated the Clean Air Act with its use of "defeat devices" on four-cylinder turbodiesel engines. Volkswagen has had a hard enough time consistently selling cars in the U.S. over the last decade, and neither its ugly emissional scandal nor this moderately refreshed Passat are going to do much to turn the tide.
The changes of the U.S.-spec. model start with almost all-new sheetmetal, save for the roof and doors. The Passat's front and rear ends, fenders, headlights and taillights, and hood all get a clean new treatment for 2016. More sculpted touches on areas like the hood make for a sportier look, while chrome trim on the window surrounds, doors, and trunk speak to premium aspirations. LED front and rear lighting is available on all trim levels.