Volkswagen has released a sketch of its new US-only saloon.
The car is expected to be built at a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and will launch in late 2011.
Although rumours suggest the car will be rear drive, autocar.co.uk understands it will share some architecture with the Golf Mk4, making such an expensive re-engineering exercise unlikely.
The thinking behind the saloon is to increase VW’s presence in the US by producing a cheap, mass appeal car. VW is aiming to more than triple its sales stateside to 800,0000 vehicles by 2018.
A new compact car is also said to be in development and will be built in Mexico.
The new saloon will be similar in size to a Passat and the drawings indicate a simple Phaeton inspired design, with the new squared-off VW family nose.
Reports also suggest that a Seat-badged version of teh car may be made for South America.