The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is scheduled to be launched in South Africa later this month, but in Europe the R-Line version has just been announced.
R-Line models are not to be confused with the performance-enhanced ‘R’ models such as the Golf R or Scirocco R. R-Line is a standalone model within the range and, in the case of the Passat, fits between the mid-level ‘Comfortline’ and the top-end ‘Highline’ versions.
Th Passat R-Line is distinguished by a new set of bumpers, revised side skirts and a gloss black rear diffuser. There’s also a spoiler, a sport-tuned suspension (that reduces the ride height by 15 mm) and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin features two-tone sport seats, titanium silver trim and a flat-bottomed steering wheel. Other highlights include stainless steel pedals and unique sill plates.
In addition to the standalone R-Line Passats, those that prefer the Comfortline or Highline trim grades can order the optional R-Line Design Package that includes the front and rear bumpers, rear or roof spoiler and the R-Line badges.
In Germany, prices for the Passat R-Line start at €30 225 while the optional R-Line Design Package costs €990.