Volkswagen NMC Concept Already Spotted in Production Form

NMC Production 3 photos
Photo: Theophilus Chin
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The New Midsize Coupe Concept which Volkswagen revealed at the Beijing Auto Show is better prepared to go into production than anybody would have ever though. Spy photos from China have emerged today which would suggest za Germans are much further ahead with the project, a fully production-ready prototype being shown.
Very few things have changed from the concept to this production prototype. The headlights look a little simpler and the wheels are smaller, but that's about it. At the back, a Shanghai-Volkswagen badge is seen on the left and a TSI one on the right. The Chinese subsidiary has access to both 1.4 and 2.0 TSI engines , both mated to DSG gearboxes in on the local version of the Jetta, which is marketed as the "Sagitar". Local media reports that production could start as early as the end of the year.

We may have overhyped the NMC a bit in recent days, but a four-door coupe shorter than a Jetta and wider than the Passat sounds quite cool. However, until we actually see the car in Europe or America, doubts about its availability outside of China are being cast.

The funny thing is, these photos were taken in China, and VW has a tendency not to offer any brand new tech there. What if, and we know this sounds revolting, this is based on the current Jetta and not the MQB platform?

Launched in 2010, the Jetta 6 is based on the PQ35 platform which it shares with the Golf 6 and Audi A3. But despite using older architecture, this four-door coupe version of the Jetta will have all its interior bits from the newer Golf 7.

Photos via Theophilus Chin
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