It is not hard to figure out where the Volkswagen group is training their guns next, especially after unveiling its New Midsize Coupé (NMC) concept car at the Beijing Auto Show in China. As the name suggest, the NMC body has linear yet sporty lines, and is a tad shorter version of the German manufacturer’s popular sedan—the Jetta.
The new concept rides on VW’s Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB-B) platform. The designers have also given it a lower and wider profile than the VW Passat, bringing it under the “sports sedan” bracket, but without forsaking the “practical side,” says the company.
Look out Mercedes-Benz CLA!
But will the VW’s tame sports sedan be a challenge to the CLA or cars that fall under the category—the BMW M235i or the much sharper Skoda Vision C unveiled in Geneva in March. The first impression suggests the VW might only end up being a cosmetic rival to the BMW or the Mercedes. Then again, the NMC concept is a work in progress and the VW designers are still figuring out the final production model specifications.
As of now, the NMC is harbouring hopes of taking on the CLA. It is 4,597 mm (181 inches) long, 1,422 mm (56 inches) tall and 1,838 mm (72.4 inches) wide, making the Midsize Coupé wider than Passat and shorter than a Jetta, and about the same size as the Mercedes-Benz CLA.
One has to admit that the NMC looks its part, with aggressive exterior styling while the interiors are more-or-less a copy of the company’s Golf models. Come on guys; work on that, will ya?
The car will be powered by a 2-litre turbocharged petrol motor, giving out 217hp (220PS), linked to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox (at least something’s better here). VW claims the car would do a 0-100km/h (62mph) in 6.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 244km/h (152mph), while the practical side of the concept comes in the form of fuel consumption, which the company claims would be 6.4 l/100 km (36.8 mpg US or 44.1 mpg UK).
Rumors have it that VW is looking at mass production of the NMC from their China plant within 18 months.