These three renderings just posted to Volkswagen's Facebook page may look an awful lot like the 2011 Passat that just debuted at the Paris Motor Show, but be advised – this is something completely different.
If you haven't heard yet, the 2011 Passat will not be sold in North America. Wave, bye-bye. Instead, we're getting an all-new vehicle that Volkswagen is simply referring to for now as "NMS" (New Midsize Sedan). Will the Passat name carry over when the NMS launches? Hard to say, but remember that the 2011 Jetta was referred to only as NCS (New Compact Sedan) before its launch.
We also don't know exactly how much of the NMS' architecture and mechnicals will be shared with the new Passat, though we should find out closer to the car's debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. See all of Volkswagen's renderings for yourself in the gallery below.
[Source: Volkswagen Facebook]