Volkswagen has released the first official sketches of the all-new 2015 VW Passat.

The redesigned 2015 Passat sits on VW's MQB platform and features a sleek new design with a couple-like appearance from the side.

As the sketches show, this Passat is low slung and sleek, though we doubt it'll appear the same in production form.  However, we rather like the more sporty appearance of the all new Passat.

Let's move on.

The 2015 Passat is expected to debut this October in production form.  The Passat will initially come with VW's all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine. That engine will be connected to a seven-speed DSG gearbox and an all-wheel drive system.

As for the plug-in hybrid variant, that's expected to debut alongside the diesel Passat this Fall.  The plug-in hybrid will come equipped with a 1.4-liter TSI gas engine and a 101 HP electric motor.  Total combined power is listed at 201 HP.  Electric-only range is typical VW/Audi at up to 31 miles (NEDC).

There's no word on pricing, rollout or availability for the PHEV 2015 Passat at this point in time, but we do expect VW to sell this midsize PHEV in the States, perhaps starting in 2016.

2015 VW Passat Sketch

2015 VW Passat Sketch

2015 VW Passat Sketch

2015 VW Passat Sketch