An early preview of what VW is planning for the very near future.
Volkswagen is on a quest to become the world’s biggest automaker by 2018. In order to help achieve that goal, it needs to consolidate platforms. This has already begun with its MQB platform, which underpins the new Golf. And now VW has provided us with a very clear preview of what else it has in store for the MQB: the New Midsize Coupe. Essentially, it combines both the Jetta and Passat into a single model, only this time it sports four-door coupe styling.
VW claims it has seating for up to five passengers along with a cargo capacity of 500 liters. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo four with 217 horsepower. It’s paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch, and this combo will return about 37 mpg. 0-62 mph will happen in 6.5 seconds. Styling wise, we particularly like the 20-inch wheels, 3D LED headlights, and the radiator grille which consists of three cross fins and the VW badge. Note that the upper cross fin is painted in high-gloss black, while the lower two have a polished chrome look towards the front and are brushed aluminum towards the engine. Basically, VW designers went all-out with the fine details here.
The interior is equally attractive, and it’s far sportier and driver-oriented than what’s found on the current US market Passat. So will the New Midsize Coupe (or something like it) outright replace the Passat, or is this the next Passat in concept form? We’ll hopefully have the answer soon enough.