NEW FOR 2009:

– New Passat CC model
– 3.6-litre V6 discontinued in Passat Sedan
– Technology Package available on all Passat Wagon V6 trim levels, and on Comfortline and Highline Wagon and Sedan models
– New wheels available on Passat Wagon
– Sunroof button changed
– Exterior colours: White Gold Metallic, Cobalt Blue Pearl and Island Grey Pearl added

For 2009, the Volkswagen Passat lineup has some major changes. First is the addition of the Passat CC, a four-door sedan with coupe-like styling. The regular Passat Sedan remains, but the 3.6-litre V6 with 4Motion available for 2008 has been discontinued, and the engine is only available in the CC and Wagon. The available Technology Package adds satellite navigation, media device interface, Dynaudio premium stereo and Sirius satellite radio.

The Passat Sedan now uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic with manual shift mode. The 2.0-litre engine and transmission choices are also available in the Passat CC and Wagon, but both can also be ordered with a 3.6-litre V6 with six-speed automatic and manual shift mode, exclusively in 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Trim lines on the Sedan and Wagon 2.0 are the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, while the Wagon comes in Comfortline and Highline, and the CC comes in Sportline, Highline and Highline V6.

Features on the Passat Sedan Trendline include 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, LED taillights, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, black window surrounds, variable intermittent wipers, heated washer nozzles, anti-theft alarm, cruise control, floor mats, multifunction trip computer, keyless entry, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, 12-way power driver’s seat, heated "leatherette" seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with pass-through, garage door opener, tilt and telescopic wheel, and auto up/down windows.

The Sedan Comfortline adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, chrome window surrounds, interior ambient lighting, footwell lighting, illuminated vanity mirrors, six-CD/MP3 stereo, leather-wrapped multifunction wheel, and cargo net.

The Sedan Highline adds dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, power sunroof, leather seats, and genuine wood trim.

Features on the Wagon 2.0 Trendline include 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, LED taillights, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, power tailgate, rear spoiler, black window surrounds, variable intermittent wipers, heated washer nozzles, rear washer/wiper, anti-theft alarm, cruise control, floor mats, multifunction trip computer, keyless entry, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, 12-way driver’s seat, heated "leatherette" seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with pass-through, garage door opener, tilt and telescopic wheel, cargo tie-downs, and auto up/down windows.

The Wagon 2.0 Comfortline adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, ambient lighting, footwell lighting, illuminated vanity mirrors, chrome window surrounds, six-CD/MP3 stereo, leather-wrapped multifunction wheel, and cargo net.

The Wagon 2.0 Highline adds dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, power sunroof, leather seats, and genuine wood trim.

Features on the Wagon 3.6 Comfortline include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, fog lights, LED taillights, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps, power sunroof, power tailgate, chrome window surrounds, rain-sensing wipers, heated washer nozzles, rear washer/wiper, anti-theft alarm, cruise control, multifunction trip computer, ambient lighting, footwell lighting, keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, six-CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and Sirius satellite radio, 12-way power driver’s seat, heated "leatherette" seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat with pass-through, garage door opener, leather-wrapped multifunction tilt and telescopic wheel, genuine wood trim, cargo cover, cargo net, cargo tie-downs, and auto up/down windows.

The Wagon 3.6 Highline adds three-position driver’s side memory, wheel-mounted Tiptronic paddle shifters, manual side and rear sunshades, and heated leather seats.

Features on the Passat CC Sportline include 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, automatic headlamps, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals and puddle lamps, chrome window surrounds, rain-sensing wipers, heated washer nozzles, anti-theft alarm, folding rear seat, cruise control, multifunction trip computer, ambient lighting, keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, six-CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, tire pressure monitoring system, 12-way power driver’s seat, heated "leatherette" seats, leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic multifunction wheel, matte chrome trim, auto up/down seats, and sport suspension.

The CC Highline adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, Sirius satellite radio, 12-way power passenger seat, three-position driver’s side memory, garage door opener, wheel-mounted Tiptronic paddle shifters, brushed aluminum trim, and heated leather seats.

The CC Highline V6 adds power rear sunshade.

Although the Passat Sedan is no longer available with a V6 or all-wheel drive, buyers still have plenty of choices, including the practical wagon, and the stunningly styled Passat CC. All offer smooth and powerful engines, well-fitted transmissions, and good exterior and interior fit, although they can get expensive in the top-of-the-line models. Still, to many eyes, the Passat CC is as lovely as Mercedes-Benz’s CLS-Class, and at a fraction of the price.

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