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Detroit LIVE: 2020 Volkswagen Passat

by Justin King

The refresh features a slightly bolder design with a sloped roofline and new grille.

Volkswagen has revealed the US-market 2020 Passat at the North American International Auto Show.

Despite riding on the same platform as the outgoing Passat, the refreshed sedan has received a few sheet-metal adjustments including a sloping coupe-like roofline and a 'tornado' line.

Up front, a new grille adds to the slightly bolder design. LED headlights and taillights come standard, while Passat badging now stretches across the trunk lid.

The company has upgraded the cockpit with a more modern instrument panel and a glass-covered infotainment screen. Designers also expanded the range of interior design options, adding more colors and V-Tex leatherette or Nappa leather seating in certain configurations.

The Passat's 2.0-liter TSI engine carries over with 174 horsepower but with slightly more twist, jumping from 184 to 207 pound-feet of torque.

The 2020 edition is expected to arrive at US dealers sometime this summer.

Live photos by Brian Williams.

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