First deliveries to UK customers will take place in January 2015, with prices starting at £22,215 for the VW Passat Saloon and £23,745 for the VW Passat Estate.

The eight-generation Passat offers a host of new technologies, comfort and convenience features and efficient engines. With its sleek design and high quality, the new VW Passat will be able to compete with its premium rivals while maintaining a competitive price.

Volkswagen may have increased the wheelbase of the Passat, giving it more interior space, but the model is up to 85kg lighter than its predecessor. In addition, the EU6-compliant engines result in fuel savings and CO2 emissions reductions of up to 14%.

At launch, only diesel engines will be offered to UK customers. The diesel engine range consists of the 118bhp 1.6-litre, two 2.0-litre units with either 148bhp or 187bhp, and a range-topping 2.0-litre bi-turbo with 237bhp, a DSG transmission and 4MOTION all-wheel-drive.

An efficient BlueMotion variant with a 1.6-litre engine will join the range in June 2015, returning average fuel economy of up to 78mpg and emitting just 95g/km of CO2. An Alltrack version of the Passat Estate will be available in July 2015, as well.

In October 2015, Volkswagen will also introduce a plug-in hybrid Passat GTE version, offering a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and an electric motor.

Five trim levels will be offered from launch: S, SE, SE Business, GT, and R-Line, all coming well equipped as standard.

All versions feature Post-Collision Braking System and mis-fuelling prevention, while SE models upwards receive front and rear parking sensors, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Crash system, Ergo Comfort seats, and Driver Profile Selection.

SE Business models are aimed at fleet drivers and will include additional Discover Navigation, while the GT trim includes 18-inch alloy wheels, three-zone climate control and heated Alcantara seats.

Rounding off the line-up is the top of the range R-Line specification, which adds a host of bespoke design features.

Numerous new optional features will also be available to customers, including Predictive Pedestrian Protection, Emergency Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Trailer Assist, and Car-Net ‘Guide and Inform’.

Later on next year, Volkswagen will also make technology such as Active Info Display and a heads-up display available. Active Info Display replaces the Passat’s traditional instrument cluster with a fully-configurable and interactive 12.3-inch TFT display.