• Oct 16, 2007

In case you've been wondering what would happen if a VW Eos and a Mercedes CLS were left in a garage overnight with some oysters and an open bottle of Spanish Fly, VW has your answer: the Passat 4-door-coupe. It's essentially got the new Mercedes tri-sectioned face with Eos overtones, and a CLS body reworked to VW proportions. Neither parent is really flattered in the mash-up. If nothing else, it is supposed to raise the stakes in VW's interior quality campaign.

Motors will start at the 1.4-liter TSI that also appears in the Golf and Tiguan, with diesels to include the 2.0-liter common rail variant. The car is scheduled to bow next year, perhaps at Geneva, and be in showrooms by the end of '08. Here's to hoping the sketch artists didn't get it quite right.

[Source: Auto Express]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't know that Dodge sold VW the tooling for the Intrepid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Like it or not Japan has the greatest influence ever in modern car designs. Westerners are light years behind the land of the rising sun when it comes to cutting edge futuristic designs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy sh*t, I'll take one in black with 4Motion please.

      This is absolutely GORGEOUS! If the interior is anything like the Phaeton, it'll kill MB, Audi and BMW.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Until it Volkswagens up it's innards and ends up on a flatbed truck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmmm, apparently they're bringing back the W8 for this one! I hope they've tuned it up, seeing as how the current 3.6l VR6 Passat puts out 280 hp and the previous gen W8 Passat put out around 275. I'm judging this by the quad exhausts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Really? Looks like a CLS crossed with a last-gen Buick Riviera to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      saturn/opel GTC concept
      • 7 Years Ago
      Agreed on the strict "Coupe" idea, however, technically---

      A coupe is a car body style with a close-coupled interior offering either two seats or 2+2 seating (space for two passengers up front and for two occasional passengers in the rear). Through the 1950s convertible models were sometimes called convertible coupés, but since the 1960s the term coupé has generally been applied exclusively to fixed-roof models. Coupés generally, but not necessarily, have two doors, although automobile makers have offered four-door coupés and three- and five-door hatchback coupés, as well. Modern coupés generally have the styling feature of frameless doors, with the window glass sealing directly against a weather-strip on the main body.
      The SAE distinguishes a coupé from a sedan (saloon) primarily by interior volume; SAE standard J1100 defines a coupé as a fixed-roof automobile with less than 33 ft³ (0.93 m³, 934 L) of rear interior volume. A car with a greater interior volume is technically a two-door sedan, not a coupé, even if it has only two doors.
      A coupe is distinguished from a two-door sedan by the lack of a "B" pillar to support the roof.
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW should focus on improving their current models and keeping weight and costs down and reliability up. Their cars are getting too high on the top-end to compete with BMW, MB, Audi, etc.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Very appealing car. Now everyday folks can have their VW CLS version.

      Love the coupe look for the 4 door sedan . If output is 280 hp (current V6 Passat) and if price is decent, I would consider this vehicle. Feedback from current Passat owners regarding quality and engine performance would help.

      I was waiting for the 2009 Nissan Maxima. However, the current and future Intima/Maxima design is for the cruiser-lux market (so long 4DSC design, welcome retirement home & bingo games).

      Since Nissan is no longer interested in 4DSC designs, the concept VW Passat is a welcome relief. Please sell this auto, VW!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope that's not accurate because it's god awful.

      This strategy makes you wonder what VW is thinking. The Passat is already selling poorly because it's overpriced relative to its perceived competition, especially when loaded with the VR6 and 4-Motion. VW would like us to believe that a Passat is a 5-Series and E Class competitor, but most potential buyers don't see it that way -- they see the Passat as a Camry and Accord competitor.

      So, does VW really think that changing the body style alone will somehow increase sales, especially when this car will probably cost a few thousand more than a loaded Passat? Maybe close to $45K??!?!

      I don't see how this car has any chance of success or how it gets VW any closer to their core brand image.

      -SimianSpeedster
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, that's awful. The RWD proportions of the CLS just don't transfer well to a FWD platform. There doesn't appear to be much head clearance for the rear doors and the front overhang is way too long.
      • 7 Years Ago
      as long as canada gets the diesel version, i will take it. my thoughts on maintenance issues with the vw's are over. they are back on track.
      my 2006 tdi special edition has had zero issues. very very very good vehicles.
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