Volkswagen is using the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit to explore the sportier side of its Passat sedan with the Passat Performance Concept, which is said to preview an upcoming production model.
The Concept differs from the designed-for-North-America Passat, built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, primarily in the use of a powerful new engine.
Specifically it's a modification of the Volkswagen EA888 1.8-litre, turbocharged and direct-injected TSI four-cylinder with an output of 250 horsepower.
The engine, which is already available in different form, in the European and Asian markets, is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Other features of the Passat Performance Concept include dual exhaust, 19-inch "Luxor" alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon-Headlights with Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) and LED taillights, and carbon-style detailing inside and out.
Inside, carbon-like touches dominate the instrument panel, with matching carbon-style inserts on two-colour leather seating surfaces.
A lowered sport suspension and electro-mechanical steering are said to enhance its handling.
No information has yet been released on when the production version will become available.