Spyshots: 2014 VW Passat Mule
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We’re talking about test mules. Sometimes, these misfits sometimes reveal absolutely nothing about a next generation model by using the complete body of the current one. This is the case with test mule for the next VW Passat that was recently spotted. It shows precious little other than the fact that the track has changed.
This station wagon is undergoing hot weather testing in Europe. Underneath the 2012 Passat body and the 2012 Passat interior fittings is the new MQB platform, which will make the next variant lighter than before.
The only place where you can tell this is actually a test mule is the gas filler cap, the usual place to spot a difference in architecture.
The same architecture is used by the new Audi A3 and the upcoming VW Golf VII. In fact, just about every VW Group car with front-wheel drive will use it. The Germans have also found a way to standardize parts, further reducing costs.
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