Volkswagen has released artist sketches of the sleek-new New Midsize Coupe concept ahead of its reveal at the 13th Beijing Motor Show next week.
You may be thinking ‘New Midsize Coupe’ is a silly name for a concept car, but it actually has some VW history to it. When the company was developing the Passat, it referred to it simply as the ‘New Midsize Sedan’, so as to not reveal its actual name. This particular car rides the narrow gap between the Jetta and Passat, being 1.2 inches lower and shorter than the Jetta, but 2.3 inches wider, making it wider than the Passat and thus, a mid-size vehicle.
The concept will be powered by VW’s 220-horsepower, 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine, which apparently will help it sprint from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and on to an Autobahn-blasting top speed of 152 mph. Automaker’s typically don’t release performance specifications for concept cars, so the ‘New Midsize Coupe’ could earn itself a full-time position in the VW lineup sometime in the near future.
VW describes the car as having short overhangs, muscular shoulders and side sections, a dynamic roof line with swept-back C-pillars, a short and stout deck lid and a long bonnet. There is also a good chance that hiding under that sleek sheetmetal is Volkswagen’s new MQB platform. We’ll find out for sure when VW reveals the real thing in Beijing next week.