Sedans 2020 Volkswagen Passat: Almost all-new We last saw a new Volkswagen Passat eight years ago, a relative eternity in the automotive world. On Monday at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, VW introduces a heavy refresh of its midsize sedan. I refrain from saying “all-new,” simply because, aside from its updated design, the Passat’s powertrain and technology remain largely unchanged. Enlarge ImageA new grille dominates the 2020 Volkswagen Passat’s front fascia. Volkswagen The 2020 Passat has a more rakish roofline and the grille is wider, with slimmer LED headlamps. The LED taillights are reshaped as well, and Volkswagen has added quad exhaust tips. While 17-inch wheels are standard, drivers can move up to 18- or 19-inch wheels, depending on model. The Passat has always had plenty of interior room, and thankfully, that hasn’t changed. V-Tex leatherette or Nappa leather are both available and the interior comes in your choice of four colors. Heated front and rear seats are available, as well. Volkswagen reading • 2020 Volkswagen Passat refresh focuses on style Detroit Auto Show 2019 Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicago As with the 2019 model, the Passat comes standard with forward collision warning and emergency braking, now with a new pedestrian monitoring system. Also standard is blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alert, but adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist are both optional. A new Parking Steering Assist can automatically guide the Passat into a tricky parallel or perpendicular parking spot. Volkswagen’s aging MIB II infotainment system comes on a new glass-covered touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard and a premium Fender stereo system is available. Unfortunately, because the Passat doesn’t move to Volkswagen’s scalable MQB platform, you can’t have it with the company’s excellent Digital Cockpit gauge display. Enlarge ImageThe Passat’s interior remains as roomy as it ever was. Volkswagen The Passat will still be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, good for 174 horsepower. The good news is that a new torque converter and tuning ups the torque from 184 to 207 pound-feet of twist for 2020. The Passat puts power to the front wheels only, with a six-speed automatic transmission. When much of the competition sports an eight-speed transmission — heck, even the company’s own Jetta compact sedan has eight gears — the choice to not upgrade the gearbox is curious. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the 2020 Volkswagen Passat will be available in the summer of 2019. Detroit Auto Show: See all the latest coverage. Volkswagen: All the VW news from Detroit and beyond. May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend 6 49 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value • See All Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags Comments 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Detroit Auto Show 2019 Volkswagen Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show
Two workers were killed and two others injured in a gas cylinder blast in an oil-laden vessel in the Karnaphuli River in the port city of Chattogram on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased were identified as Md Rashed, 23, and Md Abu Bakkar, 21.Karnaphuli police station officer-in-charge Syedul Mostafa said the gas cylinder went off at ‘MV Desh-1’ at Shikalbaha of the river around 4pm, leaving four workers injured.The injured were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where doctors declared Rashed and Bakkar dead, said sub-inspector Jahir Raihan of CMCH police camp.Md Quamrul, 28, and Amzad Hossain, 30, were undergoing treatment at the hospital, he said.