The Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept looked close to production-ready when it debuted at the 2014 Beijing auto show just over a week ago, and now images purportedly showing a real-life production version of the Jetta-based swoopy sedan have surfaced online.
The pictures, outed by Chinese site autohome.com.cn, appear to show that the Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept's clean, not-very-coupe-like lines are set to be carried over to the production version that will reportedly be built in China by Volkswagen's joint-venture company Shanghai VW.
The aggressive front bumper treatment appears to have been retained, as have the showcar's swept headlights. The shallow glasshouse mimics the concept, and the roofline appears to have gone unchanged. The car's tail-lights are toned down and the quad tailpipes have been done away with, but its ride height and wheels are the biggest departure from the show car: gone are the eye-catching 20-inch rims and sports car stance in favour of a more standard set of rims and a sedan-like height.
The interior image (below) clearly indicates the production-ready nature of the spied car, with a Golf-derived steering wheel and instruments, but with a budget-look dash finish and media system.
In concept form the car measured shorter than the Jetta at 4.59 metres, with a roof height of 1.42m and a width of 1.83m, making it broader than a Passat. As with the concept, the production model is expected to be built upon the same modular Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) underpinnings as the current-generation Golf hatchback and the similarly sized Skoda Octavia.
The concept car was powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine borrowed from the Golf GTI producing 162kW of power and with a claimed 0-100km/h sprint time of 6.5 seconds. The showcar's engine was teamed to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, with power sent to the front wheels.
Reports suggest the new four-door coupe will be first produced for China before a more global-focused model rolls out of the brand's Mexico plant, likely from 2016.
Volkswagen Australia declined to comment on the images.