Two more problems come in the form of the lack of an electrified powertrain option and the lackluster cabin. As unattractive as it is, the Passat takes a turn for the worst for the 2019 model year, losing the 3.6-liter narrow-angle V6 engine (280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque).
The 2.0-liter TSI is now the norm, paired to a six-speed automatic instead of a dual-clutch transmission as it was the case with the V6. According to The Car Connection, the 2019 Volkswagen Passat will come in two trim levels, losing the S, SEL, and sportier-handling GT.
Manufactured in Chattanooga, Tennessee alongside the MQB-based Atlas sport utility vehicle, the Passat as we know it comes with 17-inch alloys, keyless ignition, synthetic leather upholstery, blind-spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. The Wolfsburg Edition, which is the entry-level trim, can be optioned with a moonroof and 18-inch wheels.
Higher up, the SE R-Line flaunts LED for the headlamps and taillamps, satellite navigation for the infotainment system, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and Fender-branded speakers.
2019 is the final model year of this generation of the Passat in North America. The heir-apparent will arrive on the MQB vehicle architecture, borrowing most of the styling and technological features from the European variant.
The Chattanooga plant is also where Volkswagen will add the Atlas Cross Sport into production, coming in 2019 for the 2020 model year with seating for five. There’s also talk of the Tanoak concept making it into production as a rival for the Honda Ridgeline unibody pickup truck, but based on how the results posted by Volkswagen in the United States in the past couple of years, chances are this project will remain on the drawing board.