Volkswagen is in the midst of redesigning its model lineup in an attempt to grab a bigger piece of the American pie. The Passat follows the Jetta in this redesign, getting new styling language and pricing structure to put it in competition with midsize sedan stalwarts such as the Toyota Camry.
Volkswagen's new grille is less showy than the previous generation's. Designers gave up the chrome goatee for a simple horizontal grille bookended by the headlights. This slightly angular look continues down the sides of the car and across the back.