Volkswagen has gone public on plans for a coupe variant of the next-gen Jetta with this near-to-production-ready concept, revealed at today’s Detroit show.
Dubbed New Compact Coupé (NCC), the two-door presages the look and mechanical layout of a new front-wheel-drive model that will be built at VW’s Puebla plant in Mexico, as part of ongoing plans to further penetrate the US market.
Although the car is conceived primarily for North America, Volkswagen says a production version of the NCC could be sold in Europe as part of the sixth-generation Jetta line-up. The US does not receive the Scirocco, partly due to the high cost of importing it from its factory in Portugal and partly because American buyers prefer traditional three-box coupés to the Scirocco’s hatchback body.
While a future Jetta range is expected to share the same styling revealed by the NCC, the coupé will have a unique front end, faster screen angles, frameless doors and widened tracks. BMW employs similar tactics to differentiate the 3-series coupé from the saloon.
“We didn’t just want to put two doors on a Jetta,” said Klaus Bischoff, head of Volkswagen brand design. “Buyers expect more from a coupé these days. The changes are subtle but they help provide the NCC with its own visual flavour.”
At 4540mm long, 1780mm wide and 1410mm high, the NCC shares its dimensions with today’s Jetta. But with a rear track that has been lengthened by 30mm and a slightly lower ride height, it has a more planted stance. This is further enhanced on the Detroit show car by 19-inch alloy wheels, shod with 235/35 tyres.