Volkswagen Provides Sketchy Details on Upcoming Midsize Sedan
by KBB.com Editors | October 30, 2009 7:16 AM
While not exactly the most revealing of presentations, Volkswagen has just released this updated sketch of the vehicle destined to replace its aging Passat here in America. As yet unnamed, this modestly upscaled "New Midsize Sedan" (NMS) will be built in VW's equally new and ultramodern assembly facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and go on sale here late in 2011. According to a source at VW, this latest rendering of the future NMS more accurately reflects the front end treatment of the production car: notably a grille and angled-headlamp configuration that shows VW's signature "face of the future" that's just debuted on the new 2010 Golf VI. In addition to endowing it with edgier exterior styling cues, VW's design team proportioned the NMS to give it a more spacious passenger cabin, with greater hip and shoulder room as well as a noticeable bump in rear-seat legroom compared to the Passat. By expanding those critical dimensions of this made-for-America package, VW hopes the NMS will be more successful in enticing buyers away from segment-dominating vehicles like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, something the smaller Passat has never been able to accomplish. No word on pricing for the NMS, but likely to start at just over $20,000.