It is priced at RM189,012 on-the-road, excluding insurance.
The new Passat is the first front-wheel drive Volkswagen model in Malaysia to come with a new 7-speed wet clutch dual-speed gearbox (DSG).
Other new highlights include new front and rear lights and a completely updated infotainment system complete with wireless App-Connect.
The new Passat is powered by a new 2.0TSI turbocharged engine, producing 190PS and a torque of 320Nm.
Fuel consumption is rated at 6.5 litres per 100km.
A new and improved 11.7-inch Digital Cockpit offers absolute clarity, thanks to a high-resolution display colour thin-film transistor (TFT) similar to that of a premium smartphone and incorporates functions and features in 2D and 3D graphic display for navigation and media.
A six-view customizable screen offers a new level of personalization with over 30 combinations options.
Also, a 9.2-inch touchscreen is made easier to navigate with voice control, gesture control and a customizable three-view split screen.
Wireless AppConnect with Apple Car Play is also available in the new Passat for the very first time in Malaysia.
Other features include a wide range of connectivity options through a capacitive touch display, three illuminated USB-C ports and Bluetooth connectivity for mobile and audio streaming.
A refreshed front and rear profile distinguish the new Passat from its previous iteration, while other distinctions include the “Passat” lettering stretched across its rear and bold 18-inch “Liverpool” alloy wheels.
It also has a redesigned lighting signature - an all-LED headlight system, front and rear sequential turn signals and a three-wing tail light design.
Updates include newly-designed door trims, 30-colour ambient lighting, and a new leather multi-function steering wheel with new ergonomic multifunction button for convenience and connectivity at the touch of a button.
The new Passat is decked in supple leather seats and 12-way driver electric seat with 3-zone Climatronic air-conditioning system.
New to the list is a power-operated roll up rear sunshades.
Boot space is an impressive 586-litres.
A new feature for the new Passat is Side Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, complete with 180-degree detection range of up to 50 metres.
Also, Blind Spot Monitoring System keeps the car secure in its lane with a detection range of up to 70 metres.
There is also the new Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, with integrated sensors on all four tyres to monitor individual pressure readings based on user preference.
Other safety features include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA), Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) as well as Hill-hold Control, Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and Proactive Passenger Protection System.
The new Passat Elegance is available in six colours and two finishes. Metallic colours are Aquamarine Blue, Manganese Grey, Reflex Silver and Tamarind Brown, while pearl-effect colours are Deep Black and a new Oryx White.
Pearl-effect colours are available without any additional surcharge.