This version of the VW Passat is more a reviewed version of the B5 (1996-2001) than a real new model. The stylistic evolutions are discreet, just the radiator and the opticals changed, as well as the lights and some elements of the car body. However the Passat B5.5 stood out in 2003 by the launch of a powerful version, equipped with a W8 4.0l of 275hp ! In the same year, an other motorization came, the 2.0l TDi with a direct injection of 136hp. Sold all over the world, this fifth version of the Passat bows out in 2005, giving way to the next generation.