And now for some good news...the new Passat TDI was just released an hour ago. Cosmetic changes to the front and rear, LED headlights and taillights optional (finally), and a new infotainment system. The license plate area is now flush instead of recessed. There's also a chrome strip running along the middle of the trunk into the taillights. The R-line trim gets you rocker panels, different front and rear bumper, and 19" wheels with 235/40 tires. Below are pics of the regular and R-line bumper. The new infotainment system is called the MIB II, see pics below. MIB stands for modular infotainment platform. Pretend that it's a B instead of P. It now uses a capacitive touch screen instead of pressure touch screen like the current unit, and proximity sensor. You can see my youtube channel for a similar unit in the Golf. It has VW's app-connect which adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. compatibility. Heated rear seats are an option, as is the rear trunk easy open feature. With the car unlocked, you wave your foot under the trunk area and the trunk pops open. This is useful if your hands are occupied. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), which actively steers the car back into its lane; and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) are all optional features as well.