Although it has yet to confirm the name of the vehicle that goes into production next year at its new state-of-the-art facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen has released some new rendering of this "New Midsize Sedan" (NMS) that show a bit more of at least its exterior detailing.
As indicated in an earlier sketch, the NMS has a clean, contemporary look that embraces VW's latest design language. More assertive front/rear fascia and lighting treatments, a broader C-pillar and crisp overall lines are complemented by prominent side sculpting and bolder wheel arches. Larger than the current Passat -- which it may or may not directly replace here in the U.S. -- the NMS is expected to have a starting price of around $20,000. This de facto competitor to mid-size rivals like the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry will make its formal debut at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next January and go on sale in the fall as a 2012 model.