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Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé Debuts in Beijing, Doesn’t Beat Around Any Bushes

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What’s in a name?

For Volkswagen’s new concept, it’s exactly what you’d think. The German automaker unveiled the Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé concept car in Beijing yesterday at the Beijing Auto Show, and, um, well, it is what it is, there’s no question about that.

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé

The Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé concept

But just in case you can’t quite gather much about the car from the name, VW was sure to spell it out for us in the press release that accompanied it. The Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé is, to our surprise, new, according to the company’s press release. It’s also, believe it or not, a coupé, sitting at 1,422 mm in height and 1,838 mm in width, and featuring other coupé giveaways, like the short overhangs, muscular shoulders, and a dynamic roofline with swept-back C-pillars. It’s also got a short boot lid and long bonnet.

The Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé concept

The “midsize” part of the name, however, is actually kind of tricky. Traditionally, midsize refers to a vehicle in the Passat class, but at just 4,597 mm in length, the Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé concept is even shorter than a Jetta. But with its greater width, which outdoes both the Passat and the Jetta, the new concept qualifies as midsize.

The Volkswagen New Midsize Coupé concept

Under the hood of this concept is a four-cylinder TSI engine purrs, capable of 220 horsepower. The concept rockets from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 152 mph.

So the name may leave a lot to be desired, but at least this baby can purr, right?

  • Timothy MooreContributing Writer

    Timothy Moore takes his leadership inspiration from Michael Scott, his writing inspiration from Mark Twain, and his dancing inspiration from every drunk white guy at a wedding. When Tim is not writing about cars, he’s working on his novel or reading someone else’s, geeking out over strategy board games, hiking with his pooch, or channeling his inner Linda Belcher over beers with his friends. See more articles by Timothy.

  • Given that the definition of “coupe” is a car with a fixed roof and 2 doors, the name is just wrong.