Back in April, Volkswagen showed its New Midsize Coupe concept at the Beijing Motor Show, previewing a new, sub-Passat model for the Chinese market. Now, Auto 163 has stumbled upon what appear to be the first shots of the production model, and while it doesn't stray too far from the original concept, as expected, some of the flashier styling cues have been toned down.

Of course, because we live in a world where the term "coupe" is apparently applicable to a range of bodystyles, Volkswagen's NMC is actually very much a sedan. At the concept's debut, VW said it "envisions a sport sedan positioned below the Passat" – the car is "appreciably wider" than the Passat, but shorter than a Jetta. It rides on the company's MQB modular architecture that currently underpins the Golf here in the United States.

No word yet on what its production name will be, but VW's New Midsize Coupe is expected to debut in production form at the Guangzhou Motor Show this December, in advance of its Chinese-market on-sale date in early 2015, priced from about 180,000 yuan (about $29,000 based on current exchange rates). Power is expected to come from either a 1.4- or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. We'll know more when the car officially bows later this year.


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      ferps
      • 4 Months Ago

      insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

      Ezc
      • 4 Months Ago

      Boring...

      jjmoonen
      • 4 Months Ago

      COME ON! Just once, design something that strays from your design language a LITTLE bit. That stupid Beetle doesn't count either. Everything they produce looks virtually the same.

      Ziti Desoto
      • 4 Months Ago

      It's so boring it borders on being offensive. I hope it's destined for some barefoot country so the rest of us never has to see it. 

      jtciti
      • 4 Months Ago

      That is a criminal amount of empty wheel well and front and rear overhang.... could have been designed in the 90's

        RocketRed
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jtciti

        I think it's a criminally bad photoshop of a drawing. If you look at the wheels and the shadow under the car, it's like they weren't even trying.  The photographs of the actual car, the NMC, at the link, don't look like that.  But if people want to go with the weirdly edited color pencil drawing instead, I guess that works.

        ToniCipriani
        • 4 Months Ago
        @jtciti

        Vehicles destined for developing markets generally have higher wheel clearance for the poor and bumpy roads. Look at the Fiat Viaggio (Chinese market Dodge Dart) and you see the same thing.

      johnbravo6
      • 4 Months Ago

      Is it really asking too much that new cars actually look new? Everything on the market either looks bulbous, vague or retro. And the retro stuff is the most progressive.

      Zaki
      • 4 Months Ago
      Obviously, it is German and it has 4 doors, so it must be a coupe.
      yo
      • 4 Months Ago

      wow. what happened to VW? they are the DODGE of the 80's now. STuck in boring designs and really bad interiors. EPIC FAIL 

      Tweaker
      • 4 Months Ago

      Well that looks exciting.

      ACURA23CL
      • 4 Months Ago
      Holy wheel-gap, Batman!
      Terry Actill
      • 4 Months Ago

      Whoever designed this needs beating up

      sfblog
      • 4 Months Ago

      Coupe means cut out in reference to the rear doors being removed. Therefore this is a sedan or better known to VW as mid engine convertible hatchback utility vehicle 

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