This new liftback has frameless side doors.
Sedans are still very popular in China, the world's largest automotive market. Elsewhere, crossovers dominate. But automakers must still cater to Chinese consumers and if it's sedans they want, sedans they'll get. The latest is the Volkswagen Lamando L, another five-door liftback with four-door coupe styling and frameless side windows. At first, you might assume this is a rebadged Arteon but it's not. However, it rides on the same MQB platform but it's smaller. It's probably best to think of the Lamando L as a liftback sedan version of the Golf, another MQB recipient.
Styling-wise, the just-revealed Lamando L boasts a front-end that's similarly styled to the ID.4, featuring horizontal stripes connected by an LED light strip with an illuminated VW logo smack dab in the center. The rear lights also have some ID influence.
A set of 18-inch wheels (pictured here) are available but we don't know for certain whether they come standard. Inside, the ID-inspiration continues by way of a 10-inch driver's gauge cluster and a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system that are combined into a single rectangular unit. Beneath the multimedia unit are the vents and basic HVAC controls.
In case you might be wondering, the Lamando L replaces the old Lamando compact sedan with the 'L' being added to stress the fact the new model has grown in size with a longer wheelbase and length.
Under the hood lies the aging 1.4-liter TSI turbo four with 150 horsepower, a 20-hp improvement over the old Lamando which had an older version of this engine. A seven-speed DSG dual-clutch is the sole transmission on offer. There is no all-wheel drive option; the Lamando L is FWD only.
VW says owners can expect a 0-62 mph time of 8.5 seconds. Sales are due to get underway in the next few months and pricing has not been announced. One thing is for certain though: the Lamando L will be less expensive than the Arteon, which begins at about $40,000 (249,900 yuan) in China.