New four-door concept car could preview sister car to the Jetta, features 217bhp four-cylinder TSI engine and 152mph top speed

Volkswagen has previewed a new concept car to be seen at the Beijing motor show later this week with a series of official sketches.

The New Midsize Coupé Concept is said to be "a four-door coupe the like of which has never been seen before in this vehicle class".

Measuring 1422mm high, 4597mm long and 1838mm wide, the concept sits low with short overhangs at either end and an overall muscular appearance. Its short boot lid and long bonnet emphasises its size, however VW says the concept is shorter than the current Passat and Jetta, although it is wider than either. The concept sits on 20-inch wheels.

The concept's design team has been lead by VW design chief Klaus Bischoff, whose credits include the VW Up city car.

Power for the New Midsize Coupé Concept comes from a 217bhp four-cylinder TSI engine, which VW says allows it to sprint to 62mph in 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 152mph.

Reports suggest the new concept could preview a four-door production car to sit alongside the current Jetta, in the same way as the Passat CC sits alongside the regular Passat.

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17 April 2014
Would that be similar to a CLA in that class, or a CLS, or even the VW CC :-) in the class above ?

Either way, it is another car that does not like rear seat passengers, so many cars these days make the rear passenger feel like they are in a van, or cocooned so they cant see out.
Bring back the good old MKIV Cortina

 

17 April 2014
How many people have ever said ' i want a Passat because it's a good, reliable car for my money, but i wish it had a sloping roof and lots of chrome'. The sketches with its artistic license, just looks like a boring, run of the mill Jetta. This concept would better as a halo car for SEAT, but VW want all the cars for themselves, even if they know it will eat into Passat sales.

17 April 2014
Why why why ???

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18 April 2014
Doesn't look like it has short overhangs at either end to me...

18 April 2014
This looks more like a sleek 4 door saloon than a 4 door coupe. Interesting statement "a four-door coupe the like of which has never been seen before in this vehicle class". It seems VW are clearly unaware the Mercedes CLA exists then, or that a BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is imminent.

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