• Jan 11, 2010
Volkswagen New Compact Coupe concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

It might be cold consolation to those of us desperate for a Scirocco in the States, but the Volkswagen Compact Coupe Concept has the potential to fill that particular hatch-shaped hole in our hearts – with a bit of green cred to boot.

With a sharper, more sculpted front fascia than its Golf and Jetta siblings, a deep swage line running the length of the sides and a rather anonymous (exhaust-less) rump, the Compact Coupe – as we mentioned earlier – comes across as the poor man's Audi A5. And the interior is something to behold.

Not only does it put the segment stalwarts to shame in both style and space, VW took pains to make the rear seats actually habitable. There's ample leg room and a trick center console with independent climate controls for both passengers, a quad-zone setup we hope makes the transition to production.

Although there's sure to be countless variants of the Coupe when it arrives in production guise (were sure a few versions of the 2.0T will find their way underhood), in the "concept" motivation is provided by a 1.4-liter TSI inline-four, putting out 150 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque. However, when partnered with its hybrid system (a 20-kilowatt electric motor drawing pour from a lithium ion battery), output is boosted by 27 ponies to 177 hp and an equal amount of torque. VW estimates that U.S. mileage should average around 45 mpg and with its hybrid setup, the Concept Coupe can be driven in full electric mode for an unspecified range. With it's seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, VW pegs the Coupe's 0-60 time at 8.1 seconds, with a top speed of 141 mph.

Although VW claims the Coupe is only a concept at this stage, the level of detail and V-Dub's lack of a credible coupe offering indicates that a production version should be on the way. And if VW's smart, they'll ditch the slow-selling Eos and offer a retractable soft-top version a few years after the Coupe hits the market. Check out all the details in our previous post.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Suprisingly, this thing starts growing on me
        • 5 Years Ago
        of course they will. Europe is VW's largest market by far, and they could stand to have another car in the already crowded vw dealerships. The 1.4's from europe for goodness sakes :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        But sadly, I'm sure they won't sell it in europe :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        It definatly will be sold in europe in 4 door jetta guise, and as a coupe if the coupe makes it to production
        • 5 Years Ago
        slowly but surely, me too. Rear is very tasteful, smoother than the A5, great use of polo-esc tails, side profile is a little bit shorter than the a5, up front its starting to work, especially with the Golf r style lower valance dropping down and back. Interior looks production ready. and alright really, different enough from the Cc and jetta but not so much to expect it isn't 100% production ready. Also those seats are wonderful, Vw's package planners did a wonderful job bringing them over in the CC and adding them to the available parts bin for a car like this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with the VW logo on what is clearly a (particularly bland) Accord?
      • 5 Years Ago
      make the rear a hatchback like the older mazda6 and i'll buy it
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a very clean German design. A little bland but with properly executed details. There are a lot of things you can look at for a long time and find a little more style every time.

      It really shows that for as much style the Forte Koup has Kia still has a long way to go to match the quality of European design.

      the only drawback will be the price. I am sure this thing is going to be a $22k starter.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice looking car. Ok, that makes two IMO (CC and now this).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a VW fan, and have owned one, but this thing is really bland & anonymous looking. Would much rather have the Scirocco here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Send us that, and the BluePoint Roadster, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only reason people are saying that it looks Japanese, is because the Japanese have always just copied German designs. Look at what Lexus stared out as.....Mercedes copies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look it is the new 2010 Honda Accord Coupe, but with a more road feel and more expensive too boot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Be cool if this is the EOS replacement, but I am going with that this is the new Jetta. They showed the new Jetta MK4 as a coupe first then made it. Hopefully we get that front and rear on the new cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm rather disappointed, only because I was hoping for a coupe version of the Scirocco, lol =(

      Design-wise it's not that exciting--a bit too conservative, which I suppose is just VW's design language these days. My biggest gripe is the C-pillar; would've preferred a more A5-esque C-pillar than an early 90s Accord Coupe.

      And being an enthusiast, hoping there's a 4-motion version with a V6... yes impractical, but that's what I look forward to =P
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm ready to traade in the Rabbit or the Tiguan now.
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