Volkswagen Passat Mk3 (B3)
|Also called||Volkswagen Passat Arriva (SK)|
|Assembly||Emden, Germany Bratislava, Slovakia (VWBA)|
|Class||Large family car Mid-size car|
|Body style||4-door saloon/sedan 5-door estate/wagon|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group B3|
Petrol engines: [[List of discontinued Volkswagen Group petrol engines#1.6 53kW|1.6 L I4 53 kW (72 PS; 71 bhp)]] [[List of discontinued Volkswagen Group petrol engines#1.8 55kW|1.8 L I4 55 kW (75 PS; 74 bhp)]] [[List of discontinued Volkswagen Group petrol engines#1.8 66kW|1.8 L I4 66 kW (90 PS; 89 bhp)]] [[List of discontinued Volkswagen Group petrol engines#G60|1.8 L I4 118 kW (160 PS; 158 bhp) G60]] [[List of Volkswagen Group petrol engines#2.0 85kW|2.0 L I4 85 kW (116 PS; 114 bhp)]] [[List of discontinued Volkswagen Group petrol engines#6|2.0 L I4 100 kW (136 PS; 134 bhp) 16v]] [[List of Volkswagen Group petrol engines#2.8 VR6|2.8 L VR6 128 kW (174 PS; 172 bhp)]] Diesel engines: [[List of discontinued Volkswagen Group diesel engines#1.6 R4 TD 59kW|1.6 L I4 59 kW (80 PS; 79 bhp) Turbo Diesel]] [[List of Volkswagen Group diesel engines#1.9 R4 D 44-50kW|1.9 L I4 50 kW (68 PS; 67 bhp)]][[List of discontinued Volkswagen Group diesel engines#1.9 R4 TD 55kW|1.9 L I4 55 kW (75 PS; 74 bhp) Turbo Diesel]]
|Transmission||4-speed automatic 5-speed manual|
|Wheelbase||2,625 mm (103.3 in) Syncro: 2,630 mm (103.5 in)|
|Length||4,575 mm (180.1 in)|
|Width||1,705 mm (67.1 in)|
|Height||1,430–1,500 mm (56.3–59.1 in)|
At the time it was the first Passat to be built on a Volkswagen-designed platform, rather than sharing one with an Audi saloon.
The car, although designated B3 in Volkswagen's platform nomenclature, was based largely on the A platform as used for the smaller Golf model, but was stretched in all directions. Many components are shared directly between these vehicles. Only 4-door saloon and 5-door estate versions were available, without the fastback option of previous models. It was marketed under the Passat name in all markets; in North America, this was a first.
The fuel injected petrol engines gave better performance and refinement than the carburettor units previously used. They were mounted transversely, and the floorpan was engineered to accept Volkswagen's 'Syncro' four-wheel drive system.
Engine options were the 2.0 litre 16 valve engine in the GL model, 1.8 litre engine in the CL model (not available in North America, all CLs, GLs, and GLSs had the 2.0 16v), Volkswagen's new 2.8 litre VR6 engine (also used in the Golf and Corrado) in the GLX/GLS model (introduced in 1991 in Europe and 1992 in North America), and the G60 engine (only available on the Syncro model in Canada for the North American market). The VR6 engine gave the top-of-the-range Passat a top speed of 224 kilometres per hour (139 mph). The 1.9 litre diesel engine was also available as an option.