The model is designed to appeal to family buyers who want added style, and clearly takes its inspiration from the Mercedes CLS. It will fit in the current line-up above the Passat saloon, and is set to come with a starting price that’s almost half that of the Merc’s £43,000.
Engines will be shared with existing models in the VW stable, and entry-level versions will feature the innovative turbo and supercharged 1.4-litre TSI from the Golf and Tiguan SUV. Diesel options will include the company’s all-new 2.0-litre common-rail oil-burner.
Higher spec models will be available with the brand’s 4MOTION all-wheel- drive set-up, and clever twin-clutch DSG gearboxes are also likely to feature. The sleek four-door is scheduled to debut early next year, possibly at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and will arrive in British showrooms before the end of 2008.