Self-parking technology turns to trailers

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 07:49 28/05/2014
Volkswagen's next Passat is set to feature ground-breaking technology.
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BACK IT UP: Volkswagen's next Passat is set to feature ground-breaking technology.

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The quest to make driving as easy as possible looks set to reach new ground by taking the black art out of reversing with a trailer.

Volkswagen says its next Passat sedan will have a "world first" in trailer assist - a feature that helps less confident drivers to reverse a trailer without remodelling their surroundings.

The system is part of a revised self-parking system that can now nose into perpendicular spaces as well as executing parallel parks.

Manoeuvring will also be made easier by a fully configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster - similar to that introduced first on the new Audi TT revealed earlier this year - and linked to updated 360-degree cameras that portray the car's surroundings.

Volkswagen released details surrounding its new Passat ahead of its debut at October's Paris motor show.

The manufacturer claims its eighth-generation Passat is slightly smaller and stronger than its predecessor, while weighing in 85 kilograms lighter than the previous model.

Two engine options have been confirmed, starting with a new diesel motor set to debut in the new Passat.

Volkswagen says the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel will feature twin turbochargers and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that pushes power to all four wheels.

The diesel makes a strong 176kW and 500Nm, with peak torque arriving at 1750rpm.

The car will also be offered as an eco-conscious plug-in hybrid, capable of travelling upto 1000km on a single tank of fuel and 50km on electric power alone. Volkswagen has yet to reveal full technical details of the plug-in hybrid powertrain yet.

The German brand is also expected to reintroduce narrow-angle six-cylinder models that could lead to a high-performance R-model Passat to complement the Golf R and Scirocco R in the brand's sporty line-up.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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