Volkswagen seems to be shaking that bland, boring vibe it’s currently got going on, swapping it in favor for style and attitude in the German automaker’s latest concept just revealed at the Beijing Auto Show . Known as the Midsize Coupe Concept, the car is shorter than the Jetta but wider than the CC, , making for a much sportier appearance from the onset.
Skipping right to the good part, the VW Coupe Concept lives up to its sporty appearance with the familiar 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder banging away 217 horsepower on its way to a 6.5-second run to 62 mph. What’s more, it achieves an estimated 34 mpg while cruising the highway, and its top speed is listed at 152 mph.
Besides its size and sporty character, the VW concept sports some new design cues both inside and out. The three-bar grille’s chrome bars continue into the LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights, while a detail-rich lower air dam and side grilles pull in extra air and extra attention. Around to the side are large 20-inch, multi-colored wheels wrapped in performance 245-series rubber.
There is quite a rumble of excitement surrounding this concept, though VW hasn’t announced any official plans to build it. We do know the automaker plans to incorporate some of the design and styling cues into its product lineup in the future, but whether the Midsize Coupe Concept will actually live has yet to be seen. Beyond it getting a green light for production, we’ll have to further worry about its entry into the U.S. as VW has a tendency to hold back the performance-oriented products from burning rubber on our shores.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept.
This VeeDub is a looker. Low slug, wide, and short, this car takes all the coupe-like design features that make four-door coupes look good and uses them to its full advantage. Volkswagen’s mission of creating a more inspired, performance-oriented car is definitely realized here.
Up front, the chrome grille blends nicely into the full LED headlights while the fenders meet the hood with a nice crease. The lower fascia is aggressive without being too outlandish. The red, black, and aluminum-colored, 20-inch wheels look just right perched against the red exterior color of the car’s sheet metal. A strong character line runs from just behind the front fender through the door handles, over the rear fender, and around through the LED taillights. The line then angles downward, exiting the 3D-looking taillights at a lower point as it meets the mirrored line directly behind the rear Volkswagen logo.
Incorporated chrome exhaust tips help dress up the lower rear fascia and lend even more performance cred to the car. A panoramic glass roof opens in a tilt and slide manner, opening up the cabin for wind-in-your-hair driving.
2014 Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept - Exterior Dimensions
|Length||4,597 MM (180.98 Inches)|
|Height||1,422 MM (55.98 Inches)|
|Width||1,838 MM (72.36 Inches)|
Speaking of the interior, the cabin of the Midsize Coupe Concept is a much snazzier place than many current Volkswagen cars. Piano Black trim along the center stack with a large infotainment screen is a large focus of the interior. A dual-analog gauge cluster with a TFT screen centered between keeps the driver informed while a multifunction steering wheel keeps controls handy. A black leather and chrome shifter within the center console looks professional yet sporty with its contrasting white stitching.
Matching that white stitching are the quilted white leather seats and white door panels. Wood trim helps pull in an element of luxury to the performance coupe.
Powering this Volkswagen is the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged TSI engine that’s found in many of its other vehicles. In this application, the four-cylinder makes 217 horsepower and launches the car to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds on its way to a 152-mph top speed. The engine is mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission that drives the front wheels.
Volkswagen estimates the Midsize Coupe Concept will achieve 34 mpg on the highway.
2014 Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept - Drivetrain/Specifications
|Type||2.0L Turbo I-4|
|Horsepower (HP @ RPM)||217 @ TBA|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||TBA|
|Transmission||7-Speed Dual-Clutch Auto|
|Fuel Economy (EU Extra Urban Cycle)||34 MPG|
|0 to 60 mph||6.5 seconds|
|Top speed||152 mph|
At this point, the concept is just that and hasn’t had a price put on its head, but that won’t stop us from speculating. Let’s consider the current lineup. The Jetta starts at $16,895, the Passat at $20,995, and the four-door coupe CC starts at $32,495. Our guess is VW will market the car between the Jetta and Passat, so pricing would likely start around $18,000 to $19,000 range.
Just a Concept or Glimpse Into the Future?
Volkswagen hasn’t announced any plans to move this concept into production at this time and the official statement goes something like ‘the concept demonstrates how multifaceted the MQB platform is and some design cues will make their way onto future products.’ While it’s a great thought knowing VW will incorporate some sporty styling cues into other products, we’d rather have the whole thing.
The argument for building such a car grows stronger when considering the generous amount of competition, namely the Audi A3, Mercedes CLA-Class, and the spicy Buick Verano. , means that there is plenty of demand that Volkswagen would miss if it didn’t green light the car. What’s more, the enthusiasts’ cries for more hot VeeDubs has been growing ever louder over the years, so surely there comes a point when the automaker listens up. Only time will tell.
The A3 represents some solid competition from the Volkswagen home team. With a price starting just under $30,000, the A3 is a bit pricier than the VW, though that’s how it should be. For that extra dough comes a lengthy list of premium equipment, style, and luxury Audi has come to stand for.
Available are three engine choices: the base 1.8-liter I-4, the familiar 2.0-liter TFSI I-4, and the 2.0-liter TDI diesel. The performance specs for the 2.0-liter TFSI are respectable at 5.2 seconds to 60 and a 130 top speed.
Though the A3 starts out at $29,900, its price can quickly jump to over $40,000 by checking all the option boxes on the Prestige trim package.
Gallery Audi A3 Sedan
Positioned as one of the lest expensive Mercedes, the CLA-Class still exudes a sporty character in its engine lineup and very coupe-like falling roof line. For $29,900 (identical to the A3), buyers get a healthy list of equipment and standard features, but for $2,000 more, the sport package liven up the exterior with more aggressive fascias, a chrome diamond-block grille, and 18-inch AMG wheels.
The standard engine is the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A 7-speed dual clutch transmission is bolted on for quick shifts. It’s enough to get the CLA rolling to 60 in roughly 5 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph.
Gallery Mercedes CLA-Class
The Midsize Coupe Concept is a beautiful car with awesome proportions and an aggressive attitude. Its combination of a wide track, short length, and coupe-like roof line make it a looker and potential fighter. The ubiquitous 2.0-liter FSI engine is a good staring point, though we’d love to see more power after its uncertain launch.
Priced right and retaining all the goodness of the concept, the Midsize Coupe Concept wouldn’t have any trouble selling inside the U.S.
- Looks the part
- Healthy engine
- For the enthusiast family man
- Just a concept at this point
- If it makes production, will all its features make it too?
- No solid words from VW on a green light
Press Release 2
COUPE CONCEPT CAR DEBUTS WITH WORLD PREMIERE IN BEIJING
224 km/h New Midsize Coupé exhibits extremely sporty proportions
Front and rear styling offers exciting look at the future of automotive design
Ten key facts relating to the world premiere of the New Midsize Coupé:
1. Design of New Midsize Coupé gives an initial look at how Volkswagen Design envisions a sport sedan positioned below the Passat.
2. Dynamic design of New Midsize Coupé combines the worlds of saloons and sports cars.
3. New Midsize Coupé is appreciably wider than the Passat, but shorter than the Jetta.
4. The New Midsize Coupé is a four-door car with plenty of space for five people and luggage capacity of 500 litres.
5. New Midsize Coupé creates fusion of A and B segments.
6. Wide track in the style of a sports car with 20-inch alloy wheels and low profile 245 tyres.
7. Coupé shows off newly conceived LED headlights.
8. The New Midsize Coupé is powered by a 162 kW / 220 PS direct injection turbocharged engine. Fuel consumption: 6.4 litres per 100 km.
9. Four cylinders enable performance levels in the thoroughbred sports car range: top speed of 244 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds.
10. Lower fuel consumption thanks to efficient engine and gearbox (7-speed DSG), plus a cD value of 0.299 (cD x A = 0.643 m2).
Wolfsburg / Beijing, April 2014. It’s a four-door coupé the like of which has never been seen before in this vehicle class: the New Midsize Coupé concept car. Volkswagen has brought the concept car to Beijing for its world premiere at Auto China 2014. The ’New’ part goes without saying: the New Midsize Coupé is as new as a new car can be. ’Coupé’ is also unambiguous: the New Midsize Coupé is low in height (1,422 mm) and very wide (1,838 mm), it has a low visual centre of gravity, short overhangs, muscular shoulders and side sections, a dynamic roof line with markedly swept-back C-pillars, a short boot lid and long bonnet. ’Midsize’ is less obvious. It is normally the term for a car of the Passat class. However, the concept car is just 4,597 mm long and thus shorter than a Passat and shorter even than the Jetta. However, as mentioned the concept car outdoes the other two in terms of its width – and it is thus midsized. So clearly this concept car exhibits proportions of an extremely sporty nature. The team led by Volkswagen head designer Klaus Bischoff integrated these sharp proportions in a body design that makes the New Midsize Coupé a powerful and avant-garde proponent of a new, compact saloon class.
A saloon and a sports car. When viewed from the front and rear, it immediately becomes apparent that the designers have placed what is known as the “greenhouse”, the roof section with all windows, on a very muscular body frame. This strongly emphasises the powerfully modulated shoulder sections and large 20-inch wheels – which is a trait of high-class sports cars. The concept car is painted in “Dragon Red” colour; this brilliant red special effects paint is part of the total concept, because it highlights the powerful modulation of the body especially well. High-gloss black elements such as the roof surface with its integrated panoramic tilt/slide roof create a colour contrast.
Front end ... The design team styled the front end to be very progressive. The designers shifted the visual centre of gravity downwards by special styling techniques. This has resulted in greater dynamism. As mentioned, the New Midsize Coupé is distinguished by a very long bonnet and a very short front overhang. These proportions were enabled by the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) by Volkswagen, and this innovative technical base opened up new possibilities for designers. The team led by Klaus Bischoff took full advantage of this and created an entirely new front-end concept with an avant-garde radiator grille, LED headlights in 3D look and a large lower air inlet with a unique and distinctive chrome signature that is based on Volkswagen design DNA.
... radiator grille and LED headlights. The radiator grille structure consists of three cross fins and the VW badge. The upper cross fin is painted in high-gloss black, while the lower two have a polished chrome look towards the front and are brushed aluminium towards the engine. The upper black cross fin makes the New Midsize Coupé appear even lower in front than it already is, while the bright chrome/aluminium fins emphasise its width. Between the cross fins, there are 36 compact modules, each with three small vertical fins that give the visual effect of hovering within the radiator grille. The radiator grille forms a stylistic unit together with the also newly designed LED headlights and LED daytime running lights that are integrated here – the forms of these elements merge together. Not only do the three cross fins continue into the headlight housings; so do the compact modules, each with three vertical fins. In the radiator grille, these modules perform a purely visual task. However, in the headlights they act as cooling elements for the LED headlights – “form follows function”. The LED unit itself also appears to visually hover within the headlight housing.
... bumpers and air inlets. Under the radiator grille, there is a horizontally oriented area painted in body colour, and beneath this comes the central lower air inlet. On its sides, the air inlet is bordered by two diagonal aerodynamic elements that run to the outer edges and form smaller air inlets in front of the front wheels, one each on the left and right. In all three air inlets, there are aerodynamically optimised wing-like cross fins that are finished in high-gloss black; integrated in each of them are brushed aluminium fins. Their visual effect is to further emphasise the width of the New Midsize Coupé. The front end is given an unmistakable look by a chrome strip that frames the lower air inlets – its two sections begin on the left and right sides of the painted central area of the bumper, and they run outwards. The chrome strip is more than a decorative element: at its outer ends it houses the LED indicators. Stylistically, this wrap-around strip creates a strong bracket that emphasises the charismatic contour of the front end. No other car in this segment has such an impressive, wide and sporty appearance as the New Midsize Coupé.
Side profile ... The designers also styled the side profile in an extremely powerful way. Striking here are the roof line at the top with just two side windows and the fast, coupé-like C-pillars that sweep back towards the rear. Another sports car trait is the passenger cabin that is set far back; this emphasises the long bonnet and the proportionately short boot lid. Another perfect example of high-class Volkswagen Design is the shoulder section of the concept car. It runs on two levels; the upper of these two levels develops a narrow line from the C-pillar to below the window sill; it broadens as it moves forward and finally forms a v-shaped contour in the bonnet and front wings – expressing pure power and elegance. Meanwhile, the lower of the two levels begins at the front of the car as a very narrow line that represents the upper limit of what is known as the tornado line; it then runs over the wheel arch flare and becomes increasingly broader towards the rear, forming the powerful shoulders of the rear body.
... precise character line. Positioned on what is known as the character line are the door handles, which also adopt the extremely precise modulation. This integration of the door handles is extremely complex; it is a masterful achievement of production technology, and this represents a unique selling point of Volkswagen. On the lower side body, there is another line, and beneath it the striking design of the side sill that is finished entirely in metal. The interplay of these lines and modulation of surfaces produce an exceptionally athletic car body design. Last but not least, the 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with 245/40 low profile tyres completely fill the wheel housings and give the car the image of a sports car in side profile. The inner surfaces of the machine-polished wheels are painted black. The outer wheel surfaces include segments painted in “Dragon Red” body colour, so that as soon as theNew Midsize Coupébegins to move, this small cluster creates the visual effect of a circular band in body colour.
Rear section ... Like the front and sides of the car, the rear body merges the forms of a coupé with those of a saloon. The crisp design of the boot lid features a rear spoiler that is uniformly integrated into the design and terminates with a distinctive dual edge: at the top, the designers created an aerodynamic trailing edge that optimises the downforce at the rear axle. At the bottom, there is a light refracting edge that lowers the visual centre of gravity of the rear body. On the next level, there is another line in the middle of the boot lid at the height of the VW badge, which extends into the rear lights and emphasises the width of the New Midsize Coupé.
... LED rear lights. The 3D design of the LED rear lights with their integrated aluminium elements is especially prominent. Within these aluminium components are the uniformly illuminated LED surfaces of the rear lights. Aluminium and LED surfaces form a trapezoid-shaped angle towards the outside; the LEDs in these areas generate the rear lights and turn indicators. An opposing strip in the middle implements the brake light. Located at the far outer ends are the LED reversing lights – they are minimalistically small but shine very brightly.
... diffuser with dual tailpipes. The bottom of the NMC rear bumper ends in a high-gloss black diffuser. Integrated to the left and right here are the dual exhaust tailpipes with a cross-piece between them; a chrome trim piece that visually connects the two tailpipes. Barely visible when not in use are the reflectors integrated above the tailpipes.
220 PS engine. The exhaust pipes lead at the other end of the New Midsize Coupé to a 162 kW / 220 PS TSI engine. The 2-litre turbo petrol injection engine accelerates the coupé to 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds. On German motorways or a racetrack the concept car would be able to reach a speed of 244 km/h. Thanks to the efficiency of the turbocharged engine, the similarly efficient 7-speed dual clutch gearbox, a still lower weight than the Jetta or Passat and a cD value of 0.299 (cD x A = 0.643 m2) the sports car performance is accompanied by fuel consumption of just 6.4 l/100 km.
Sporty interior with lots of room. Driver-focussed and fitted with leather sports seats, the interior too follows the dynamic concept of a coupé. Nonetheless, the New Midsize Coupé is in no way tight or constricted. Instead, it offers ample space for up to five people. The inner surfaces of the seats are designed in a bright “Silk” colour, while the outer areas form a contrast in the dark “Ebony Black”. The inner and outer surfaces are visually separated by elegant piping in “Dragon Red”, which is the body paint colour. Sophisticated interior elements include the trim strips in piano finish look and the many components trimmed in Alcantara such as the rooflining and the roof pillars. The controls, including the multifunction sports steering wheel and the infotainment system, are based on MQB-A (Modular Transverse Matrix A) and have thus been adapted from the current Golf. Combined with the axles and the width of MQB-B (the modules of the next larger vehicle class), the result is spacious conditions not just in the passenger compartment, but in the boot as well, which is of an excellent size with a capacity of 500 litres. Over and above this, Volkswagen is demonstrating with this concept coupé just how multifaceted the Modular Transverse Matrix is and what exciting models Volkswagen customers all over the world can look forward to over the next few years.
Press Release 1
It’s a four-door coupé the like of which has never been seen before in this vehicle class: the New Midsize Coupé concept car. Volkswagen has brought the concept car to Beijing for its world premiere at Auto China 2014. The ’New’ part goes without saying: the New Midsize Coupé is as new as a new car can be. ’Coupé’ is also unambiguous: the New Midsize Coupé is low in height (1,422 mm) and very wide (1,838 mm), it has a low visual centre of gravity, short overhangs, muscular shoulders and side sections, a dynamic roof line with markedly swept-back C-pillars, a short boot lid and long bonnet. ’Midsize’ is less obvious. It is normally the term for a car of the Passat class. However, the concept car is just 4,597 mm long and thus shorter than a Passat and shorter even than the Jetta. However, as mentioned the concept car outdoes the other two in terms of its width – and it is thus midsized. So clearly this concept car exhibits proportions of an extremely sporty nature. The team led by Volkswagen head designer Klaus Bischoff integrated these sharp proportions in a body design that makes the New Midsize Coupé a powerful and avant-garde proponent of a new, compact saloon class. The concept has a 220 hp four-cylinder TSI engine, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds, with a top speed of 152 mph. The car sits on 20-inc h wheels with 245/40 tires.