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New interface will offer online services and wireless Apple CarPlay, but Australia will miss out on some features.

The refreshed 2020 Volkswagen Passat is due in Australia before 2019 is over, bringing with it an all-new infotainment system.

Ahead of its arrival, the company’s global division has detailed the new infotainment system. Dubbed ‘MIB3’, Volkswagen’s third-generation modular infotainment interface comes as standard with both the 8.0-inch ‘Discover Media’ and 9.2-inch ‘Discover Pro’ navigation units.

Vehicles equipped with the larger Discover Pro media system also get ‘App Connect Wireless’, which allows for wireless Apple CarPlay, a feature previously exclusive to the BMW Group in Australia.

Both versions are also equipped with an eSIM overseas, which allows for online functions including the new Volkswagen We connected services – though the internet connectivity will not be available on Australian models.

“While some of the functionality and interface of the new MIB system will be a feature of our updated Passat, the car won’t be coming here with internet connectivity, which will rule out some of the apps detailed,” said Kurt McGuinness, public relations and brand experience manager for Volkswagen Australia.

These services are available as subscription packages, with the first year free with the vehicle’s purchase overseas. Functions include remote operation of the vehicle’s lights or location, or digital key (compatible Samsung phones only).

Opting for the ‘Plus’ version brings enhanced functionality such as an online anti-theft alarm and auxiliary heater (controlled via smartphone), online route calculation, map updates, and voice control, along with internet radio, Apple Music and Tidal streaming services.

The new Passat is one of the first models within the Volkswagen Group to offer the new MIB3 software, though it won’t debut the system in Australia. Instead, the revised (and related) Skoda Superb will be first Down Under to offer the new infotainment interface when it arrives during the third quarter of 2019.

Volkswagen Australia has indicated it is expecting the updated Passat range to lob in either in November or December 2019.

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