The Jetta-sized Volkswagen Lamando four-door “coupe” has been unveiled at the Chengdu auto show in China.
Although it’s aesthetically similar to the Jetta sedan, the new Lamando “coupe” rides on the more modern and flexible MQB architecture, meaning that the new car has more is common with the latest generation Golf.
Apart from the size of the alloy wheels, and detailing around the tail-lights, exhaust tips, headlights, and lower portions of the front and rear bumpers, the production Lamando is unchanged from the New Midsize Coupe (NMC) concept that debuted earlier this year.
The NMC concept measured 4.59 metres from front to rear, had a roof height of 1.42m and was a broad 1.83m wide. Although Volkswagen has yet to confirm the Lamando’s dimensions, we expect the production vehicle to measure within millimetres of the concept car.
The company has yet to release official photos of the four-door’s interior, but earlier spy photos indicate that it won’t deviate too far from the standard Volkswagen design template.
According to CarNewsChina, the Lamando buyers will be able to choose between Volkswagen’s turbocharged 1.4- and 2.0-litre petrol engines. Front-wheel drive will be standard, and the company’s seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG) will be available.
Produced by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture, the new Lamando will go on sale in China in November, with prices beginning from 180,000 yuan ($31,500).
Multiple reports indicate the Lamando will also be produced at Volkswagen’s Mexico facilities from around 2016 onwards.