2011 Volkswagen NMS Sketch No. 2 – Click above to enlarge
According to a report from Autocar, Volkswagen's upcoming New Midsize Sedan will come with a hybrid option here in the States by the summer of 2012. That's just six months or so after the regular-grade NMS is scheduled to roll out of VW's new Chattanooga, Tenn. plant.
Up to this point, we've been assuming that the German automaker's fine 2.0-liter turbocharged four would be used as the base engine with a larger and more powerful V6 as an uplevel option, and that still seems likely. But, says Autocar, we may also see a version of the NMS with the 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that's currently seen in the Jetta TDI.
No word on whether or not the TDI engine will be paired up with a hybrid – assuming, that is, that there's any truth to this rumor at all.