Reports suggest the next-generation Volkswagen Passat has been given the green light following a lengthy debate over its future.

According to Autocar, concerns were raised over the ninth-generation model and whether production would go ahead because of other models in the Volkswagen line-up, like the Arteon, proving popular as well as the positive reception of the electric ID Vizzion concept.

The next Passat should start production in 2023 and share the same platform as the Skoda Superb. It will be based on an adapted version of the MQB platform, which will support both front- and four-wheel drive version, as well as mild and plug-in hybrids in both petrol and diesel versions, as well as a fully electric powertrain which will the first for a Passat.

There’s no confirmation as to whether the Passat will remain in saloon and estate form, or whether it will adopt a five-door hatchback. However, with a longer wheelbase and wider tracks, it will be one of the most spacious and practical offerings on the market.

A Volkswagen insider told Autocar: “With the Arteon, we already have a style leader in the segment. This leaves the door open for the Passat to become even more space-orientated than today’s model.”

A more rugged off-road styled Alltrack version is also expected to join the line-up in the future, though it’s unlikely this will come to the UK, given Volkswagen has recently removed such option from its current Passat range due to limited demand.