The future of the present-day VW Passat may be uncertain. The saloon variant is being discontinued in Europe. It has been withdrawn completely from the USA, where buyers prefer the practicality of an SUV. But out there in the metaverse is a digital artist who wants to keep the Passat legend alive. At least in 3D pixel form. Via his Instagram account, sugardesign_1 has revealed his latest creation, a widebody Passat B2 from 1981.
The second-generation Passat was launched in 1981 on the B2 platform that was shared with the Audi 80. The B2 was increased in length to accommodate the Passat’s dimensions.
In addition to the Passat hatchbacks estate/wagon, there was also a conventional three-box saloon, which until the 1985 facelift was sold as the Volkswagen Santana in Europe.
The VW Passat/Santana was sold as the Volkswagen Quantum in the United States and was available in three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and a wagon model.
The five-door hatchback was never sold there and the three-door hatchback was dropped after less than two years.
As with all retro widebody concept creators, sugardesign_1 displays a lot of flair and imagination. We couldn’t find any VW Passat B2s for sale on eBay in the UK. However, we did spot a good used example going for 6,150 € in Germany.