Spied: Euro Passat Testing in Germany

The European and American Passats may have split in a way that is not unlike the geopolitical and, indeed, economic way that Europe and America split at last week’s G7 summit, or whatever, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still interested in what’s happening across the pond.

The latest European Passat (B8) first hit the road in 2015 and now it’s ready for an update, but not a full chassis change.

Although it’s still under camo, VW has asserted that the Arteon is a premonition of things to come visually, so we expect the updated Passat to look a little more like the svelte halo car. That means a bigger grille, reshaped headlights, LED running lights that line up with that bigger grille, and a reworked bumper.

Whether or not these changes will influence the American Passat remains to be seen, but it would make sense for them to look a little alike. While America has been given designing autonomy in theory, in practice the designs have been in line with what the rest of VW’s world markets are doing.

The Euro Passat should have the camo lifted later this year.