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2020 Volkswagen Passat: Almost all-new

The Passat gets some slick new styling, but its underpinnings remain the same.

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Emme Hall
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After Volkswagen is showed off the 2020 Passat at the Detroit Auto Show, it's finally time to hit the road.  

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But don't expect an all-new Passat. This is more of a heavy refresh, with new styling but largely unchanged powertrain and technology.  

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The most obvious change is an impressive new grille and slimmed-down LED headlights.  

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17-inch wheels are standard, but you can opt for 18- or even 19-inch wheels.    

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The roofline gets a steeper rake in back for 2020.  

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New LED taillights are around back, along with new badging.  

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The interior retains its spacious dimensions.  

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Under the hood is a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, good for 174 horsepower.   

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The good news is that a new torque converter and tuning ups the torque from 184 to 207 pound-feet of twist for 2020.  

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The 2020 Volkswagen Passat will hit dealerships in the summer of 2019.  

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