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VW Mid-Size Coupe to Challenge MB CLA

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On: Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 2:04PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

VW Mid-Size Coupe to Challenge MB CLA

A new concept from Volkswagen, the NMC, is a mid-size coupe with its sights set on taking down the Mercedes CLA. This concept makes VW’s plans to take on the luxury automaker in the class very clear. Could Volkswagen take over the styled coupe market?

Recently unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show, the all-new VW four-door car is an indicator of what VW has planned for the future Jetta-centric model. This new coupe will be positioned right below the current Passat CC. It will likely appear on dealer lots in some regions beginning in 2016.

Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen’s design boss, explains that the NMC was designed as an underdog and protagonist in the compact sedan class.

This vehicle carries on the current VW design heritage. It has crisp lines and features, heavy horizontal details, and tight surfacing. This is all meant to provide it with a technology-inspired look—AKA, a modern looking car for the age of technology integration.

The car’s simple grille and LED headlights cover the width of the front end—giving the model a clear tie to other recently revealed Volkswagen models. In an effort to give the car a sport look, VW designers took inspiration from the CC -- giving the NMV a heavily curved roofline, a notchback styled rear end, and frameless doors.

The NMC measures 4,597 mm (15 feet) long, 1,838 mm (6 feet) wide, and 1,422 (4.6 feet) mm tall. It also has a 220hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI engine. The model will accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds, and will have a top speed of 151 miles per hour.

The production version of this model is set to begin at the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico and a factory in China. It will sit atop the versatile VW MQB platform.

It’s not exactly clear when the coupe will make it to the U.S.—hopefully, we won’t get the Amarok treatment and miss out on the model entirely.

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