What’s New About the 2018 VW Passat?

New 2018 VW Passat in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors VolkswagenUpdated from the 2017 model year, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat offers plenty of exciting new features, from an upgraded base engine to a new GT model and Driver Assistance systems offered on the base trim. Continue reading to delve into the features of the updated 2018 Passat.

Upgraded Base Engine

In the 2017 model year, the VW Passat came standard with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that delivered 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2018 model year of this sleek midsize sedan features a standard, turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine for 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. This upgraded engine also offers an EPA-estimated 36 highway mpg over the previous model’s 34 highway mpg for greater efficiency.

New GT Model

While the GT trim has not yet hit the showroom and its official debut date is still a mystery, Volkswagen announced that the Passat GT will join the 2018 lineup sometime in the near future. The GT will feature a VR6 engine under the hood, delivering 280 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque for heart-racing performance. This trim was also designed with sport suspension tuning, R-Line bumpers and grille, dual exhausts and red brake calipers, along with other GTI-inspired upgrades.

Driver Assistance Features on Base Trim

Previously only available on the upper-level Passat trims, driver assistance features are now an optional feature on the 2.0-liter turbo base trim. Active safety features include: Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) and Park Distance Control (Park Pilot).

Take the 2018 Volkswagen Passat for a test drive today – contact Trend Motors Volkswagen by phone at 855-426-2743 to speak with a member of our sales team.

Best Winter Rides from Volkswagen

Volkswagen Winter Rides in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors Volkswagen

As cold air sweeps across the Northeastern U.S., snow- and ice-covered roads can present winter driving hazards to New Jersey motorists. Fortunately, when the roads become slick, a well-equipped Volkswagen with all-wheel-drive (AWD) can give you more traction and control on the road, while other features can keep you comfortable and confident as you get to where you need to go. Here are some of the best winter rides from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Available on S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium 4MOTION Tiguan models, the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system with Active Control lets you adapt to different road conditions – there’s even a dedicated Snow mode. This system distributes power between the front and rear wheels, optimizing traction and stability when you need it most. The 2018 VW Tiguan also comes standard with heated side mirrors and offers the option of a heated steering wheel and heated front seats for winter driving comfort.

Volkswagen Touareg

The 2017 Touareg comes standard with the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system to boost your confidence in inclement weather. This luxury SUV also features rain-sensing windshield wipers with heated washer nozzles, heated side mirrors, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. For your passengers’ comfort on chilly winter days, select the optional heated rear seats.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Accommodate your budget and your winter driving requirements with the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, a compact car engineered with the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. Heated side mirrors and heated windshield washer nozzles help keep frost and ice at bay, while the heated front seats warm you in chilly weather. Best of all, each of these features come standard.

Be prepared for anything the winter season throws your way with a confidence-boosting, traction-enhancing, comfortable winter ride from Volkswagen. Visit Trend Motors Volkswagen at 221 US-46 in Rockaway, NJ to check out our lineup of VW models built for driving in inclement weather.

Which Tiguan is Right for Me?

Volkswagen Tiguan Range in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors Volkswagen

Looking at the impressive 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan lineup, you may find yourself wondering which model is right for your budget and lifestyle, as well as your safety, technology and comfort needs. Here, we break down the features included in the S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium Tiguan models, so you can make a well-informed car-buying or leasing decision.

Volkswagen Tiguan Choices in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors Volkswagen

The S

The most budget-friendly Tiguan, the 2018 S model comes equipped with a host of standard features, including LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), automatic headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature, a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode. Inside, you’ll find a premium color Multifunction Display (MFD), 40/20/40-split folding second row, Composition Color touchscreen with 6.5” display and Rear View Camera System for a Tiguan that’s anything but basic.

The SE

The next model up, the 2018 VW Tiguan SE upgrades your driving experience with Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control, a three-spoke leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces. As far as technology goes, the SE features a Composition Media touchscreen sound system with an 8” color display, Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service with a six-month trial subscription and SiriusXM radio with a three-month trial subscription. Driver assistance features include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Front Assist and pedestrian monitoring.


Adding on to the features in the S and the SE, the exterior of Tiguan SEL incorporates halogen fog lights, a power-tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof, silver roof rails and a remote opening and closing power liftgate. The technology of the SEL also gets an upgrade with a Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with 8” color display, Volkswagen Car-Net Guide & Inform with three-month SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link trial subscriptions, remote start and Adaptive Cruise Control.

SEL Premium

The most feature-packed model of the 2018 Tiguan is the SEL Premium. On the outside, the SEL Premium boasts LED headlights with LED DRL, power-folding, heated side mirrors with puddle lights and memory, rain-sensing windshield wipers, hands-free Easy Open and Easy Close Liftgate and 19” Victoria Falls alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the SEL Premium features interior ambient lights, a self-dimming interior rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel, three-position memory function for the driver’s seat and leather seating surfaces. To round out this impressive model are a full range of technology features, including a Volkswagen Digital Cockpit 12.3” digital instrument cluster, a Fender Premium Audio System, Park Pilot, Lane Assist, Area View and Light Assist.

If you still need help deciding which Tiguan model is right for you, call or stop by Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, NJ to speak with a friendly, no-pressure salesperson.

Goodbye Touareg, Hello Atlas

New Volkswagen Atlas in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors VolkswagenArriving in the U.S. for the first time during the 2004 model year, the luxury, five-passenger Volkswagen Touareg has had a long run on our shores. But as Volkswagen works on expanding its SUV lineup, you may have heard that the Touareg has been discontinued in the U.S. for 2018. Have no fear ­– the all-new Atlas is here to take its place.

Introducing the VW Atlas

With 12 trims to choose from at a wide range of price points, the 2018 VW Atlas should have no trouble filling the void left by the Touareg. Seven seats and 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space come standard, giving your passengers plenty of room to relax and enjoy the ride and offering lots of space to store your precious cargo. Dual-zone manual climate control improves airflow to all three rows of seats, while App-Connect allows you to plug in a compatible smartphone to access apps, play tunes and make calls from the touch-screen display.

Both the 2.0T and V6 models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode, making the Atlas one fun SUV to drive. While the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is a standard feature, you can upgrade to the V6 engine to deliver an impressive 276 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. And when weather conditions get tough, you’ll be able to gain better traction and stability with the available 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system with Driving Mode Selection.

If those features weren’t enticing enough, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers a host of available features – like a power panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, hands-free Easy Open liftgate, heated front and rear seats, leather seating surfaces, keyless access, driver assistance features and much, much more.

Wave Hello to Your New Atlas at Trend Motors Volkswagen

Although the Touareg was dropped from the U.S. lineup, you probably won’t even notice that it’s gone with the exciting new 2018 VW Atlas. To schedule a test drive of this feature-packed, midsize family SUV at Trend Motors Volkswagen­, contact us today.

4 Fun and Affordable Volkswagen Models for 2018

Affordable 2018 Volkswagens in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors VolkswagenJust because you’re working with a limited budget doesn’t mean that you can’t buy or lease a car that offers hair-raising performance. Fortunately, Volkswagen offers several affordable 2018 models that don’t cut corners when it comes to fun.

  1. The Jetta

The most compact model of the Volkswagen lineup, the 2018 Jetta packs a serious punch as far as performance is concerned. Anything but basic, the standard trim is equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, delivering 150 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Plus, the four-corner independent suspension keeps you in control of the ride for a smooth driving experience. For even more fun, seek out the available six-speed DSG performance transmission for flawless acceleration and lightning-quick gear changes.

  1. The Passat

Built for drivers, yet family-friendly, the new 2018 VW Passat comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine, which offers 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Available track-inspired paddle shifters are located near your fingers on the steering wheel for quick shifting without having to take your hands off the wheel. The Passat also features an available DSG automatic transmission that lets you switch between manual-shifting Tiptronic mode and Sport mode.

  1. The Golf

A modern hatch with a zippy spirit, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf boasts a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque to put more fun in every drive. Look for the available Tiptronic with Sport mode to change gears with a quick tap of the shifter. All this and the 2018 Golf still gets an estimated 36 highway mpg and 25 city mpg.

  1. The Beetle

Sporty and iconic, the 2018 VW Beetle supplies powerful performance. A standard turbo engine offering 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode enhance your driving experience. Not to mention, the independent MacPherson struts and rear fully independent four-link suspension offer a super-smooth ride.

Enhance your driving experience with a new VW Jetta, Passat, Golf or Beetle. Contact Trend Motors Volkswagen today to schedule a test drive.