Jetta CC? VW Challenges Mercedes’ CLA With a Small(ish) Four-Door Coupe Concept [2014 Beijing Auto Show]
The concept of a four-door coupe, pioneered by the Mercedes-Benz CLS and taken up by Volkswagen with the Passat CC, can be taken downmarket. Following the introduction of Benz’s boldly styled CLA, VW is following suit with a four-door “mid-size concept” to be introduced at the 2014 Beijing auto show. Volkswagen’s concept is 181 inches long, 56 inches tall, and 72.4 inches wide, about an inch shorter and lower than the Jetta sedan, but more than two inches wider. Complementing the concept’s low, wide stance are 20-inch wheels wrapped with 245/40 rubber.
The mid-size concept is built atop the VW Group’s modular-transverse MQB architecture and thus is a close relative of the Golf and the Audi A3, as well as the next-generation VW Passat. And with a 220-hp, 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder, the concept takes appropriate advantage of its corporate parts bin. So equipped, VW estimates the sprint from naught to 62 mph will take 6.5 seconds. The engine will be mated to a dual-clutch automatic transmission.
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We expect to see a sporty, high-class interior highlighted with faux-suede accents. Will the mid-size concept make it to series production? We hope so, and we bet VW is carefully watching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz CLA in the marketplace with an itchy trigger finger.
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