Volkswagen Passengers Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has officially launched the new Passat R-Line.
The sportier big brother of the Passat Elegance, the new Passat R-Line is priced at RM203,411.18 (without sales tax) and is locally assembled at the Volkswagen plant in Pekan.
Taking its inspiration from the Volkswagen R models, the Passat R-Line completes the current Volkswagen R-Line range in Malaysia.
The sedan is decked with special performance interior and exterior trims that enhances its overall appearance. This includes new R-Line front and rear bumpers, side R-Line badge, chrome trims and 19” Verona alloy wheels.
There is also an all-LED headlight system, front and rear sequential turn signals and a three-wing taillight design completes the overall look.
As for the interior, the R-Line trim is evident on the Nappa carbon-style black leather seats, steering wheel and aluminium sports pedals, and black roof headliner.
The R-Line identity is visible on the seats, leather multi-function steering wheel, complete with shift paddles and ergonomic multifunction buttons; aluminium sports pedals; and aluminium front and rear scuff plates.
The new Passat R-Line is also fitted with ErgoComfort electric seats in Nappa carbon-style black leather seats for optimum comfort. The driver seat is also equipped with memory and massage function.
Under the hood, the Passat R-Line comes with the same 2.0 TSI turbocharged engine as the Passat Elegance, paired with a new and improved 7-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox (DSG). Together, they produce an output of 190 PS and torque of 320 Nm.
The fuel economy of the Passat R-Line is approximately 6.5l/100 km.
Driving experience is enhanced with Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) and Driving Mode Selection that allows for the driver to customise and select up to 15 driving style preferences.
Front seats are 14-way ErgoComfort seats in Nappa carbon-style black leather, while the driver seat also comes with massage and memory function.
A 11.7” Digital Cockpit provides clarity of another level with high-resolution colour display that is like a premium smartphone. Access intelligence at your fingertips a six-view customizable screen with over 30 combination options, including 2D and 3D navigation.
Infotainment is accessible via the Discover Pro system with 9.2” touchscreen. Navigation through the system is convenient with voice control, gesture control and customizable three-view split screen.
App-Connect is available through Android Auto, Mirrorlink using this Type C USB, and wireless connection for Apple Car Play.
Safety features include Rear Cross Traffic Alert with 180-degree detection range of up to 50 metres; and Side Assist which helps detect objects in blind spot areas of up to 70 metres with 110-degree detection range while the vehicle is in motion. Another crucial safety feature is the Electronic Differential Lock (XDS) system to improve traction and reduce understeer.
The Passat R-Line is fitted with the new Tyre Pressure Monitoring System which monitors individual tyres pressure; and manoeuvre braking that automatically applies brakes to prevent collision when it senses an object at speeds of up to 10kmh.
Boot space is an impressive 586-litres for the Passat R-Line, and a contactless Easy Open function uses sensors in the rear to electronically open the boot by detecting a specific movement of the driver’s foot beneath the centre of the rear bumper.
The new Passat R-Line also comes fitted with a complimentary Helix 300W Soundbar worth RM2,400. This Volkswagen Approved Accessory is manufactured by German hi-fi audio specialist, HELIX and is installed in the luggage compartment of the car.
The soundbar is a 5-channel amplifier with an integrated sound processor and subwoofer, which elevates the vehicle’s already-advanced sound system to a higher level of quality and clarity, with precise calibration of sound profiles.
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