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2016 Volkswagen Passat debuts in New York (pictures)

The larger Volkswagen Passat, aimed at the North American market, get a refresh for the 2016 model year.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen's full-size Passat sedan gets a tech and style refresh for the 2016 model year.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

Among a smattering of subtle changes, the model will get a new, sport-styled R-Line trim level.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

The broad strokes of the Passat's design remain unchanged for 2016.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

Upon closer inspection, the sedan now features tweaks to the design of its headlamps, grille and front bumper.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

Out back, the trunk lid, rear bumper and tail lights are also massaged for 2016.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

Inside, a new modular infotainment system now features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink connectivity.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

The North American market Passat diverged from the smaller European model years ago and features a unique style and dimensions.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

The US model is slightly longer and wider, which translates into more interior space for people and cargo.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

For the 2016 model year, the Passat will be available with optional LED headlamps that use less energy without sacrificing visibility.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

LED tail lights are standard across all trim levels.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

The R-Line model features more aggressive body panels with contrasting gloss black trim.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

The 3.6-liter V-6 engine appears to persist unchanged for 2016, still outputting 280 horsepower.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

The 1.8-liter turbocharged, gasoline four-cylinder gets a 2 mpg bump on the highway.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat

VW will continue to offer its 2.0-liter TDI engine, though how its proposed emissions fixes will affect performance is unknown.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

The 2016 Passat will be built in the automaker's Chattanooga, Tennessee factory.

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Dealers will start to see stock later this year.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

Pricing starts at $22,440 for the base 1.8T S model with its six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

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