In the years before Volkswagen would admit that its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant would build the Passat, it referred to the vehicle the New Midsize Sedan. The sketch above is of sleek four-door called the New Midsize Coupe concept, to be introduced shortly at the Beijing Motor Show, but it warps the dimensions along the Passat-Jetta continuum: it's about 1.2 inches lower and the same amount shorter than the Jetta, but 2.3 inches wider – which makes it a touch wider than the Passat.

The accompanying press release shares just a few other tidbits, highlighting the concept's 220-horsepower, four-cylinder TSI engine on duty up front and the 20-inch low-profile tires it sits on. The project is identified as the "avant-garde proponent of a new, compact saloon class." Its pending introduction in China and production-friendly look has us thinking that this concept will shortly spawn a more compact CC for their roads, but not ours. And like seemingly everything else flowing out of VW these days, we're willing to bet a peek under the sheetmetal will reveal the German automaker's new MQB modular platform, too. You can check out the official words for more clues, in English and German, below.
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Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept

Wolfsburg / Beijing, April 2014. It's a four-door coupé the like of which has never been seen before in this vehicle class: the New Midsize Coupé concept car. Volkswagen has brought the concept car to Beijing for its world premiere at Auto China 2014. The 'New' part goes without saying: the New Midsize Coupé is as new as a new car can be. 'Coupé' is also unambiguous: the New Midsize Coupé is low in height (1,422 mm) and very wide (1,838 mm), it has a low visual centre of gravity, short overhangs, muscular shoulders and side sections, a dynamic roof line with markedly swept-back C-pillars, a short boot lid and long bonnet. 'Midsize' is less obvious. It is normally the term for a car of the Passat class. However, the concept car is just 4,597 mm long and thus shorter than a Passat and shorter even than the Jetta. However, as mentioned the concept car outdoes the other two in terms of its width – and it is thus midsized. So clearly this concept car exhibits proportions of an extremely sporty nature. The team led by Volkswagen head designer Klaus Bischoff integrated these sharp proportions in a body design that makes the New Midsize Coupé a powerful and avant-garde proponent of a new, compact saloon class. The concept has a 220 hp four-cylinder TSI engine, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds, with a top speed of 152 mph. The car sits on 20-inch wheels with 245/40 tires.

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Riesige Felgen, breite Schultern: Das ist die neue Coupé-Studie von Volkswagen.

Auf der Peking Motor Show 2014 zeigt Volkswagen seine neue Coupé-Studie. Es ist ein viertüriger Sportwagen mit Leistungsdaten, die eines Golf GTI würdig sind. Breiter als ein Passat, kürzer als ein Jetta, vier Türen, 220 PS. Die Studie steht auf glanzgedrehten 20-Zoll-Alus mit 245er-Niederquerschnittsreifen und soll in 6,5 Sekunden von 0 auf 100 sprinten. Die Höchstgeschwindigkeit gibt VW

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      • 8 Months Ago
      all concepts are just teasers
      • 8 Months Ago
      NO, VW is showing a photoshopped Jetta SEDAN with reduced headroom.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Im all for lower, and wider. Cars are too damn tall these days and at 6 feet ive never had issue with the headroom in any car. Id much rather it look better and be lower. So im all for this. Now just give it the stuff that really matters. AWD and a manual. How awesome would that be as a new GLI
      Michael Carvey
      • 8 Months Ago
      this car would actually make sense for the US. With the current CC most likely going up market for the next generation, it will probably be come too expensive for our market. And Volkswagen sells enough of them to make it worth it to have a replacement.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Ok now this I would consider.
      • 8 Months Ago
      m surprised this hasn't happen yet. I'm a GTI fan but to be frank, the current Jetta could use a little sex appeal. And now that Mercedes has proven a mini-CLS works, there's zero reason for VW not to do the same. They already have all of the hardware to compete, down to the Haldex AWD and a highly tunable 1.8/2.0 turbocharged 4 cylinder. Scirroco front and rear seats, R styling bumpers and *boom* done
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hot. VW is starting to bring the hot to their designs a little more. Hopefully the suits there don't temper the creativity and bring a boring version to market.
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's been rumored for a while that VW was developing a smaller version of the CC, based on the Jetta. This appears to be it. VW's concepts are following current market trends, with lower and sportier versions spun off from the mainstream sedans and CUVs. This approach makes a lot of sense for the US as well. The American lineup needs a new CC and would benefit from a smaller version alongside the Jetta, as well as a sporty CUV (like a cheaper GLA) alongside the next Tiguan.