1988 Volkswagen Passat Variant
Volkswagen Passat Variant
The one-third propagation Passat (introduced 1988 in Europe, 1990 in N America, 1995 in Southward America) was a whole new car. Its sonsy looks were a reality aside from the boxlike appearing of its forerunner and owed practically to the “Gelatin Mold” panache pioneered by Fording with the Sierra. The deficiency of a grillwork made the car’s front styling redolent of elder, rear-engined Volkswagens such as the 411.
At the metre it was the beginning Passat to be reinforced on an severally intentional program, sooner than share-out one with an Audi bar. Rather, the car, although designated B3 in VW’s chopine terminology, was mostly on the A Program as victimised for the littler Golf exemplar. Sole saloon and waggon versions were uncommitted, without the fastback selection of late models. It was marketed below the Passat gens altogether markets.
The fire injected engines were all new and gave amend execution and shade than the carburetor units antecedently secondhand. They were mounted transversally, and the floorpan was engineered to assume VW’s Syncro 4wd organisation. Volkswagen’s new 2.8 V6 VR6 locomotive (too exploited in the Golf and Corrado) was too made uncommitted in 1991, bountiful the top-of-the-range Passat a top upper of 224 km/h (139 mph).
The Mk 3 Passat was intemperately facelifted in 1993, and as a termination it has sometimes been referred to as the Mk IV Passat; Volkswagen flush renamed the program B4. This variation was useable from 1995 to 1997 in Northwards America.
Though the car was automatically virtually monovular to the pilot Mk 3, but for the carried-over windows, every outside torso jury was new. The almost obvious outside alter was the re-introduction of a grillwork to equal the fashion of the otc same-generation Volkswagen models, such as the Mk 3 Golf, whose styling stem didn’t espouse on from the archetype Mk 3 Passat. The acres variation, still, identified the liaison to the archetype Mk3. The inner excogitation was besides updated and improved guard equipment including threefold forepart airbags were added.
The car was usable with a TDI diesel, an inline 4 cylinder 1.9 L turbo diesel, generating 210 N·m (155 ft·lb) of torsion at 1900 rpm, 90 PS (66 kW) at 3750 rpm. VW introduced the TDI locomotive to the Northward American commercialise in the 1996 B4 Passat, with a U.S. EPA fire efficiency paygrade for the saloon of 45 mpg highway (5.2 L/100 km). Combined with a 70 L (18.5 U.S. congius) fire tankful, it had a 1300+ km (800+ mi) grasp on a ace tankful of fire, about unheard of in the N American mart. The TDI variant is in eminent ask nowadays and commands a highschool resale terms in the U.S. due to its fire saving and power to operate topically produced biofuels. The B4 TDI waggon (oftentimes known by the European soubriquet “Edition”) is evening rarer, fewer than Hundred having been imported to the US during its 1996 to 1997 lifetime.
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