Volkswagen shows New Midsize Coupe "concept" ahead of introduction

Volkswagen makes some good-looking, if conservatively styled cars which makes the NMC (New Midsize Coupe) concept from the Beijing Motor Show a bit of a surprise. The NMC is one of the new four-door coupes that are all the rage right now. Think of the NMC as a competitor for the new Mercedes GLA or more appropriately, think of the NMC as a stylish, upmarket Jetta, like the CC is kind of a stylish, more upscale Passat. Little is known about the NMC (no interior shots were provided, but few do interiors better than VW) other than it will feature VW's popular 2.0-liter turbo four and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, have new design LED lighting, be slotted in the VW line-up between the Passat and the Jetta, and just, well, be pretty. A really nice car that, wait for it, is going into production according to published reports. Since this car looks ready to go, the NMC may be closer to production than you might think. I'd forget the 20-inch wheels though. For more info, check out the press releases after the jump.

Source: Volkswagen - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:
Coupé concept car debuts with world premiere in Beijing:
New Midsize Coupé combines the worlds of saloons and sports cars

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).

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 the New Midsize Coupé begins 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.

All data and features contained in this press kit apply to models offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries. Please refer to separate data for other countries. Subject to changes and errors. All cited fuel economy and performance data are estimated values as of March 2014.
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Press Release:
Volkswagen celebrates four world premieres at Auto China 2014

  • Touareg, technically and optically refined
  • Golf R 400, extremely sporty concept car
  • New Midsize Coupé, four-door design concept
  • Golf Edition, concept on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Golf
No less than four vehicles are at the centre of Volkswagen's appearance at Auto China (20 – 29 April), beginning today in Beijing. In addition to the world premiere of the refined Touareg, Volkswagen presents three concept cars to the Chinese market: the extremely sporty Golf R 400, the dynamically-designed New Midsize Coupé and the Golf Edition on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Golf.

The Touareg is one of the most-successful upper class SUVs in the world, with over 720,000 units sold. In a world premiere, Volkswagen is now presenting the updated version of the Touareg at Auto China in Beijing. The new generation can be visually identified by dynamically-styled front and rear sections as well as fresh colours and wheels. The V6 TDI version now offers a coast function in addition to bi-xenon headlights. In combination with the RNS 850 radio/navigation system and a mobile telephone connection, drivers of the Touareg can now use mobile online services in Europe. The new Touareg version will be launched in the German market in autumn – as a diesel (TDI) and as a hybrid1 (TSI plus electric motor).

The name of the Golf R 400 says it all: The extremely sporty car, developed by Volkswagen R GmbH, shows its power in its name – 400 PS (294 kW). Powered by a 2.0 TSI engine, whose technical genes stem from the Polo WRC racing engine, the Golf is catapulted from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The top speed is 280 km/h, and the maximum torque of 450 Newton metres is available starting at 2,400 rpm. The extremely dynamic Golf R 400 is perfect in every detail: its engine, its permanent 4-wheel-drive system 4MOTION and its sport suspension, as well as its body that has been redesigned to a large extent. The Golf R 400 is painted in "Silver Flake", which is contrasted by the roof in glossy black and mirror caps in real carbon fibre.

The way to the future is shown by a four-door coupé unlike any other in its class – the New Midsize Coupé (NMC) concept car. Volkswagen will show the car in Beijing, combining the worlds of saloon and sports cars. The NMC brings together all the components of a perfect coupé design. The low (1,422 mm) and wide (1,838 mm) body provides for a low centre of gravity. At the same time, the lines of the long bonnet reach over the powerful roof line to the concise C pillar with a short boot to form a completely dynamic silhouette. The concept car is painted in "Dragon Red," a brilliant red effects paint, establishing a colour contrast to the high-gloss black elements, such as the roof surface with its integrated panoramic sunroof. The front section, with an avant-garde radiator grille, LED headlights with 3D optics and a large lower air inlet with a concise chrome signature feature an exceptionally progressive design. The side view provides the impression of a sports car, with its 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with 245/40 low-profile tyres.

The global success and 40th anniversary of the Golf is celebrated with an exclusive concept car: the Golf Edition. This fascinating concept car is equipped like a luxury limousine, and distinguishes itself by the exclusive colour "Magic Morning" and burnished 19-inch "Madrid" alloy wheels. The metallic paint with a white basic tint stands out by a special golden shimmer that becomes visible at certain viewing angles. The interior of the Golf Edition presents itself in two-tone leather in "St. Tropez" sand colour and black. Further highlights like wood trim in the door panels, sports seats, luxurious diamond quilting seams on the upholstery and a centre console in piano finish underscore the luxurious ambience. The concept car honours the Golf, of which more than 30 million units were sold, making it one of the most successful automobiles of all times.

1 Fuel consumption, Touareg Hybrid, l/100km: city: 8.7 / country 7.9 / combined 8.2; CO2 emissions, combined: g/km: 1983; efficiency class B***