In the heat of the EPA emissions scandal, Volkswagen unveiled their freshly updated and feature fortified 2016 Passat sedans in Brooklyn, New York. And yes, it’s supposed to offer a TDI engine.

The American built 2016 Volkswagen Passat most notably shows off new front fascia and grille design along with new available LED headlamps which brings a more premium and sporting look, all framed by a more sculpted hood.

And for the first time, an R-Line version of the Passat will be available which features unique rocker panels, a more aggressive front bumper, a sporting rear diffuser, and 19-inch alloy wheels shod with 235/40 ZR rated tires.

The new design flows inside where updated dash trims hope to allay past criticisms of a cheap and austere interior. Volkswagen says higher quality materials will bring a decidedly more upscale feel.

Technology is upgraded as well with a now standard MIB II infotainment system which finally has USB connectivity. A small detail, but Volkswagen was one of the last hold outs here. Connectivity also now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as well.

Powertrains are essentially carryover starting with a standard 1.8-liter turbo-charged TSI gasoline four-cylinder. The most powerful option is a 3.6 liter VR6 with a class competitive 280 horsepower. Both come with a six-speed automatic transmission.

And, the 2.0 liter TDI diesel Volkswagen says remains on the list for 2016, though I suspect it will not be immediately available when the car goes on sale soon. But when the Passat does arrive, it will start at $22,440 for the 1.8T gasoline model.

Now you’ll note I didn’t dive deep into the matter of the EPA vs Volkswagen here. We’ve reported quite a bit on this topic this week, and if you want see those reports you’ll find the links to them below in the information section.