The Beijing auto show in April 2014 saw Volkswagen uncovering the New Midsize Concept (NMC) as a preview study to compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLA. It’s just a few months since then and VW has already made the production version of the sedan a reality, which was seen at the Chengdu Auto Show going on at present.
The sedan is named Ling Du in China and it is founded on the popular MQB platform, which is used in most compact cars manufactured by Volkswagen lately including the Golf Mk7.
In terms of engine lineup, the vehicle comes with two four-cylinder petrol engines of 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TSI. Both the engines are linked to a DSG transmission of seven-speed. The Lamando primarily targets the likes of Mercedes-Benz CLA. In China, the car will be manufactured by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint-venture. The starting price of the car is fixed at 180,000 Yuan ($29,300) and it is expected to go on sale in November.
The German company hopes that the car will appeal to the young Chinese buyers who seek stylish cars as compared to the Jetta but more affordable than VW CC.
Although a four-door coupe, the VW Lamando appears more like a sedan with 500-liter (17.6 cu-ft) capacity.
Rumors are making the rounds that the Lamando will be produced in Mexico as well, however, nothing yet has been said about that by VW.