LEAKED: This Is The Hideous Volkswagen Ramand

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They say it's a Golf-based four-door "coupe".

Volkswagen has a long history of cars that are known all over the world. The Beetle, Golf, and Transporter bus are instantly recognizable anywhere you go, but in China, there are a number of models that you've probably never heard of. And that's why we're here: in the past, we've reported on an electrified version of the original Beetle, a luxury sedan called the Phideon, and even an entire brand that VW created just for China, called Jetta. So when you see the pictures of the questionably styled Volkswagen Ramand below, take solace in the fact that you'll probably never see one driving in your neighborhood.

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The original Ramand was based on the "New Midsize Coupe" concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. That car was a mix of the Jetta (the sedan model, not the brand) and the Passat. This new vehicle aims to capture that same style and is based on the Golf as a four-door coupe version of the Jetta. Yes, it's very weird that VW has both a model and sub-brand with the same name, but back to the Ramand.

This second-generation version clearly draws its styling influence from the Mk. 8 Golf, but it seems to be a bit more like a C8 Corvette that is connected to a child's drawing of a Tesla Model 3. Maybe that's a bit harsh, but either way, there's no doubt that multiple ideas were thrown together to create a baby Arteon.

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That clamshell hood seems like overkill for a car of this size, but from directly behind the vehicle, you again get a mix of ideas with a full-width taillight structure suggesting luxury but plastic faux diffuser accents proving otherwise. In any case, this is still said to be a proper MQB Evo car like the Golf 8. As such, buyers will get a 1.4-liter TSI motor with 147 horsepower. A seven-speed DSG automatic delivers this to the front wheels. According to reports, it is 188.3 inches long, 72 inches wide, and 57.8 inches in height with a wheelbase of 107.5 inches. It is expected to debut sometime this year, only for sale in Asian markets like China and the Philippines.

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