Rendered speculation: VW's rear-engine City Expert

Start counting down to 2010, and while you're at it, save your Euros. No official images of VW's much discussed City Expert exist, but Germany's Focus Online has a rendering that shows what a cleverly-packaged entry level Volkswagen could look like.
The artist's shot in the dark certainly appears plausible, but if it looks anything like the rendering, it won't be the styling of the thing that generates excitement. The trick, as has been previously discussed ad nauseam, will be to fit a drivetrain and its supporting hardware in as little space possible. That packaging requirement is what's driving a reported return to a rear engine layout. The length is rumored to be in the realm of 80 inches, which could provide hospitable environs for four adults and their gear if VW is clever enough. The power unit will need to be compact enough to allow storage space above, yet have enough oomph that it doesn't draw any comparisons to the low horsepower numbers of VWs old flat-four. There's been talk of two- or three-cylinder engines, diesel fuel is more likely than a hybrid system in light of the target price near 10,000 Euros.

[Source: Focus Online]

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