Volkswagen’s Latest Magotan Proves Sedans Maintain Relevance, Despite Changing Car Market

Elusive Passat Model Unlikely to Reach European or American Markets: China Options Only

American consumers had to make do with a substandard offering as the previous Passat available in the US market lacked the sophistication of its European counterpart. In 2018, China was treated to the superior version known as the Magotan, which is now making way for the next generation model. This midsize sedan has recently been revealed in early photos released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

The 2025 Magotan is essentially the newly designed Volkswagen Passat Sedan, which will only be marketed in China. In Europe and other markets, the Passat has transitioned into a wagon-only model. However, the Skoda Superb, which shares its platform with the Passat, still offers a five-door liftback option in addition to the estate version. These leaked images demonstrate that VW has implemented significant alterations to the car’s appearance, most likely to appeal to Chinese preferences.

With that being said, the design of the Magotan still lacks excitement and could benefit from some added flair. However, it is ultimately a matter of personal preference. In contrast to the European Passat, the Magotan has a more angular shape and features a traditional trunk lid instead of the Superb’s functional tailgate. The taillights, styled with an elongated light bar, seem to be inspired by VW’s electric ID. lineup. All versions shown display the exhaust tip neatly concealed under the bumper.

The vehicle donning a matte black/grey exterior seems to be the priciest among the group, with a noticeable “Flagship” emblem adorning the front doors, just below the side mirrors. Its two-tone wheels and collection of glossy black details add to its luxurious appearance. For those seeking a bolder aesthetic, the Magotan offers a purple color option.

Alongside the visuals, there are specifications relating to the dimensions and motor of the latest four-door car. The freshly released family-friendly sedan measures up to 196.4 inches (4990 millimeters) in length, 73 inches (1854 mm) in width, and stands at 58.5 inches (1487 mm) tall, with a wheelbase of 113 inches (2871 mm). It has a weight of 3,712 pounds (1,684 kilograms) and can be equipped with wheels ranging from 17 to 19 inches in size. Powering this vehicle is a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine that boasts a horsepower rating of 217.

Remember that the Magotan is not Volkswagen’s biggest sedan available in China. Acting as a replacement for the now-discontinued Phaeton, the premium Phideon takes on the role of the brand’s top-of-the-line car in the market. In China, Volkswagen provides a wide selection of sedans such as the Lamando L, Lavida, Sagitar, CC, Santana, Bora, Passat, Magotan, and Phideon.

In the year 2024, the enduring importance of the classic sedan body style is emphasized in China, despite a decline in worldwide demand over the past few years due to the increasing preference for SUVs.

Source: Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT)

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