Oh, Hey! The New Passat Still Exists and It’ll Start at $22,995

Remember at the Detroit auto show when Volkswagen unveiled the new Passat? Well, you remember now. And Volkswagen has just announced the model lineup and that the base Passat S will start at $22,995.

The rest of the lineup will start as follows (prices include $920 destination charge):

Passat S: $23,915

Passat SE: $26,765

Passat R-Line: $29,565

Passat SEL: $32,015

What do you get for those varying prices? Well, all will be offered with VW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 174 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque all funneled through a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Passat S, meanwhile will come with 17-inch rims as well as a LED headlights, DRLs, and taillights. It will also come with a 6.3-inch touchscreen, App-Connect, BlueTooth, and Voice Control, but you’ll have to suffer through manual HVAC controls.

You won’t have to compromise on safety features, though, because the S comes with Forward Collision Warning, emergency braking, pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, and Rear traffic alert.

Building on that basis, the SE gets chrome window surrounds, keyless entry, and remote start. Inside you get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power driver’s seat, leatherette seats, and Climatronic dual-zone climate control.

You also get rain-sensing wipers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. You also get VW’s upgraded Car-Net infotainment system, wifi capability, and four USB-A port (that’s two more than the S). Adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and a sunroof are all available for an extra $995.

The Passat R-Line comes with everything offered on the SE plus a standard sunroof, ambient lighting, and stainless steel pedal caps. Most importantly, though, it comes with 19-inch wheels, an R-Line front bumper, vertical chrome stripes in the grille, an R-Line filtzer badge, black window surrounds, a spoiler, a diffusor, chrome exhaust tips, and shifter paddles on the steering wheel.

Finally, the SEL gets standard 18-inch wheels, high beam assist, leather “Comfort Sport seats,” plus driver’s seat and mirror memory. It also gets a power passenger seat, heated rear seats, Discover Media infotainment system and navigation.

You can also kick out the jams with your Fender audio system and let the car park itself with Parking Steering Assistant. You’ll be able to