VW New Compact Coupe Concept Unveiled for Detroit Debut

New Compact Coupe is a full-hybrid coupe based on the Golf/Jetta platform

VW will be debuting the New Concept Coupe (NCC) at the Detroit auto show today.

The New Concept Coupe is a full hybrid car, which in European media has been referred to as a Golf Coupe prototype. The car is likely based on the same platform as the Golf/Jetta and, although still in the concept stage, it will most probably come to be called the Jetta Coupe/Sedan when it goes to market in North America.

The vaguely named New Compact Coupe comes with VW's 1.4 liter TSI engine, a turbocharged 4-cylinder dialed up to 150 hp and 220 Nm of torque (177 lb-ft), coupled to a 7-speed DSG gearbox (a dual-clutch sequential transmission), as well as an electric motor with 20 kW/27 hp. Powered by a lithium-ion battery pack, the electric motor is able to propel the car on its own, which allows the vehicle to be classified as a full-hybrid. When the TSI engine is shut down, it is also disengaged to reduce any drag effect.

Performance numbers on the coupe are impressive - with only 98 g/km in CO2 emissions, the NCC does the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 227 km/h (141 mph), all the while delivering 4.2 liters/100 km (45 mpg) in fuel economy.

The NCC comes in "Tungsten Silver Metallic" with bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights, turn signals and tail lights. The NCC is 4.54 m (178.5 inches) long, 1.78 m (70.1 inches) wide and 1.41 m tall. Fitted with 19-inch "Lugano" alloy wheels, the NCC comes finished with a Grigio Quartz (grey quartz) and Berry White leather interior.

Styling on the coupe seems perfectly aligned with the rest of the VW lineup. Despite no confirmation yet, reports put the NCC already approved for production with sales starting within the next two years.

See press release below for more details.


Source: VW

Volkswagen World Premiere of the New Compact Coupe in Detroit

  • New Compact Coupe unites 4.2 l/100 km (45 mpg) with top dynamics
  • Concept of an entirely new compact coupe emits just 98 g/km CO2, can go 227 km/h if necessary and accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds

In Brief

Wolfsburg / Detroit, 11 January 2010 - For Volkswagen this marks the beginning of an action-packed year, in which more new models will be introduced than ever before in the company's history. Number 1 on the spectacular list of new products for calendar year 2010 is a car based on entirely new concepts and technology, a coupe with a hybrid drive that is extremely fast and yet futuristic in its fuel economy. It has sports appeal and sharp styling yet is remarkably elegant - positioned between the Europe's bestselling sports car, the Scirocco, and the internationally successful CC. Its name: the New Compact Coupe. Site of its world premiere: Detroit, North American International Auto Show (January 11 to 24). Combined fuel consumption: 4.2 l/100 km* (45 mpg**)! CO2 emissions: 98 g/km! Incredible, considering its fuel economy, are its top speed of 227 km/h (141 mph) and the short 8.6 seconds it needs for the classic sprint to 100 km/h (0-60 mph in 8.1 seconds).

These values were made technically feasible by a high-tech alliance: a TSI engine (gasoline powered with 110 kW / 150 PS) that is as fuel efficient as it is sporty, an electric motor (20 kW / 27 PS) and a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) - which in the eyes of many car drivers is the best automatic in the world today. Just over a month after the debut of the most fuel-efficient four-seater in the world - the Up! Lite in Los Angeles - this new concept car confirms once again that future Volkswagen hybrid vehicles will not only focus on fuel economy, but - similar to pure gasoline and diesel versions of Europe's most successful automobile brand - will also aim to be sporty and fun to drive. In the first half of the year, Volkswagen will launch its first hybrid model on the market under the VW label - an SUV with full-time all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the New Compact Coupe shows, both technically and visually, how Volkswagen envisions a front-wheel drive hybrid for the compact class that would be implemented when the time is right.

Hybrid Drive - TSI and E-Motor plus DSG

Downsizing at its best: The concept car is driven by an extremely innovative high-tech alliance that closely approximates potential production versions. Volkswagen is using a four-cylinder version of the TSI gasoline engine range here. Direct injection, turbocharging and intercooler generate a power of 110 kW / 150 PS from just 1.4 liter of engine displacement - downsizing at its best. TSI technology has impressively demonstrated its extreme durability in many car racing events; including on the legendary Nordschleife of the German Nürburgring - the most demanding race course in the world. Since the first TSI engine was introduced just over five years ago, 3,5 million units of these boosted and torque-strong four and six cylinder engines have already been installed in vehicles. The TSI of the NCC - which of course is also equipped with ESP - transfers a hefty 220 Newton-meter (177 ft-lb) of torque to the front wheels at low engine speeds.

Emissions-free by E-motor: And there is even more power: An electric motor is integrated between the TSI and the efficient 7-speed automatic (DSG = Direct Shift Gearbox); it can be used for pure electric emissions-free driving, or it can support the TSI with aggressive torque. The electric motor develops a power of 20 kW / 27 PS. The power and torque of the two drive units supplement one another during what is known as boosting - when accelerating to pass, for example. Since the NCC can also be driven in a pure electric mode, the drive system is classified as a Full Hybrid. A lithium-ion battery (1.1 kWh) at the rear of the vehicle supplies the electric motor with energy. By the way, in electric mode the TSI is not only shut off; it is also disengaged by a clutch to avoid drag losses.

Frequently coasting: As soon as the driver releases the gas pedal, the TSI is disengaged from the transmission. This so-called "coast-down" is even possible at higher speeds, as in freeway driving. Since drag losses are eliminated here too, the NCC coasts for a very long time. And this promotes an anticipatory style of driving that leads directly to reduced fuel consumption.

Recovering kinetic energy: In braking, the electric motor - now operating as a generator - recovers kinetic energy which is then stored in the lithium-ion battery. Of course, just like the new BlueMotion models from Volkswagen, the New Compact Coupe also has a Stop-Start system on board. This reduces fuel consumption, especially in urban areas and in stop-and-go traffic.

Exterior - Design and Dimensions

The unique interplay of efficiency and dynamics is reflected 1:1 in the styling of the coupe that is painted in "Tungsten Silver Metallic". Klaus Bischoff, Chief Designer for the Volkswagen Brand, comments: "Styling of a coupe is considered the ultimate in automotive design. Our team has achieved a symbiosis of efficient technologies and elegance in the New Compact Coupe that is unique in its expression. Just a few precisely placed lines and powerfully sculpted surfaces have created a timeless dynamic and purist elegance that is typical of Volkswagen."

Front end - Showing a strong face: The front of the New Compact Coupe shows an extremely confident and focused expression. Moreover, the car's width is emphasized by the horizontal line styling with integrated Bi-Xenon headlights - including LED daytime running and turn signal lights. The technically complex headlights contribute to unmistakable visual recognition of the concept car - both day and night.

Side view - A sharp profile: In the car's side profile, styling properties characteristic of all new Volkswagens of the past year have been merged with elegant and yet sporty coupe features, resulting in a new interpretation of the design DNA. The best examples of this are the characteristic tornado line and the powerfully emphasized curves of the wheel arches. They intersect the main volume of the large, homogeneous surfaces, conveying a powerful dynamic. The image of the side windows rounds out this impression with a concise signature. Forging a stylistic bridge to current models are the 19-inch "Lugano" type alloy wheels.

Rear - A strong concluding statement: The cargo area of the New Compact Coupe is decidedly powerful in design. Clean surfaces and a muscular shoulder section dominate the image here too. Bright: the LED taillights. A spoiler lip that reduces air turbulence was styled into the top of the trunk lid; it further improves the car's remarkable aerodynamics. At the bottom there is a stylized diffuser; the tailpipe of the exhaust system is embedded here for a positive aerodynamic effect.

Dimensions - Millimeters at work for styling: The New Compact Coupe is 4.54 meters (178.5 inches) long and 1.78 meters (70.1 inches) wide. Its low body height of 1.41 meter (55.6 inches) adds styling energy to the interplay of its dimensions; the ratio of broad width to low body height intensifies the Volkswagen's dynamic image. Also large are the track widths (front 1.53 meter / 61.2 inches; rear 1.54 meter / 61.4 inches) and wheelbase (2.65 meters / 104.4 inches).

Interior - Ergonomics and Comfort

Showing its true colors: The NCC is a four-seater with exceptional long touring comfort and generous occupant space on sport seats that are upholstered in a light-colored ("Berry White") leather. Also designed in this color are the lower cockpit area, parts of the center console and the door trim panels. By contrast, all other surfaces (except accents and controls), including the leather-trimmed steering wheel, are styled in the darker "Grigio Quartz" color.

In its interior, the Volkswagen offers the best feeling of spaciousness in its class. This means that despite the sporty low body height, the car offers ample head room (front and rear) as well as leg room in the rear. The coupe's 380 liter trunk can handle luggage for four persons without any problem.

Climb in, buckle up, drive away: As soon as the doors of the concept car are opened, a reason for the Volkswagen brand's tremendous success is revealed: unparalleled perfection in details and intuitive operation. The instruments are laid out ideally. The new multifunction sport steering wheel is the key interface between human and machine. The right hand rests naturally on the gearshift lever of the 7-speed DSG‚ and in front of it the control panel sports newly designed controls for the automatic climate control system (Climatronic), the 8-inch touchscreen for the radio-navigation system - also a new design - and at the top of the panel the hazard flasher switch and center air vents. The center console's control panel is angled slightly toward the driver to perfectly align the cockpit to the driver's needs. Also optimally laid out for viewing are the round instruments with their chrome bezels; the multifunction display (trip computer and additional navigation display) is placed between them.

Upgraded with metal surrounds are all air vents, multifunction keys on the steering wheel, radio-navigation system, climate control, DSG gearshift unit, white accents of the door trim and instruments and switch panels (window lift and mirror adjustment) in the doors.

Individual seats in the rear: Designers have shaped the rear seating area in the style of large Gran Turismo cars. Passengers sit on two comfortable sport seats here. Between them is the continuation of the center console that passes through the entire interior. In the rear, the center console is equipped with additional storage space as well as climate controls and a fold-out center armrest. The finish and quality of materials in the interior make viewers forget completely that the New Compact Coupe is still a concept car. And that too is typical Volkswagen - no compromises.


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Comments (43)

Aesthetics Aesthetics
wow, flame surfacing has gone to VW!
Feb 6th, 2010 12:04am
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jweltydotcom jweltydotcom
VW has finally got the Jetta right!! hopefully they will make the coupe a production model :)
Jan 13th, 2010 2:18pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
I see a new Polo crossed with an Audi A5. Am I alone?
Jan 13th, 2010 3:24am
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car-o-bar car-o-bar
Sorry could not go thru the agony of viewing all the pictures and fell asleep. In my dreams I was the VW boss and fired Walter De Silva.
Jan 13th, 2010 3:07am
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mb74 mb74
Well, not a bad attempt. A longer front end and a rear wheel or 4 motion option mated with that sweet 2.0T. BINGO! I'm so sick of Hybrids...
Jan 12th, 2010 6:58pm
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Snipey47a Snipey47a
VW have just got the goods at the moment, don't they?
Jan 12th, 2010 11:26am
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tbrodie tbrodie
I like it. This looks a lot the spy shot Jetta (http://www.worldcarfans.com/109083121419/next-generation-2011-vw-jetta-prototype-spied-in-american). Being that the Jetta has been VW's best seller in the US for quite a while, I'd be surprised (Scratchy) if the US market wasn't a consideration, especially since hatchbacks aren't as popular (even though more practical).
Jan 12th, 2010 11:09am
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PawL PawL
the side windows look like the ones on bmw 3 series coupe
Jan 12th, 2010 8:03am
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joshg_5 joshg_5
I like it. Lookin' forward to a 4-Matic R with 6-speed limited slip.
Jan 12th, 2010 6:23am
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joelynn joelynn
how many golf coupes are necessary- theres already the Eos and Scirrocco (and kind of the TT)
Jan 12th, 2010 4:44am
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mongo mongo
Given a 265 cm wheelbase it looks like it is based on a mechanics of new Golf 7 that comes in 2012. Interior also indicate that.
Jan 12th, 2010 3:27am
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chris25 chris25
The whole car looks like a smaller version of the new Audi A8, boring.
Jan 12th, 2010 3:14am
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sfero sfero
I like it.
Jan 12th, 2010 2:23am
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Paulds Paulds
Looks good... too Audi in the back.. Would this be the next passat generation? I hope so...
Jan 12th, 2010 2:01am
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v6s_stink v6s_stink
This would have been really good seven years ago.
Jan 12th, 2010 1:48am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Not interesting, but is looks clean. A sort of car tuners will like.
Jan 12th, 2010 1:36am
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2010S5 2010S5
This honestly looks like a cross between the last generation 3 Series and the A5. Could've done with something more original.
Jan 12th, 2010 12:27am
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Siawa Siawa
Looks elegant and neat. Only problem I have is 4 seatings and not 5... just like CC.
Jan 12th, 2010 12:14am
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tootall tootall
This is not a bad looking car. It reminds me of the 2dr Jettas of yore. If it is indeed the new Jetta coupe, it will make a great GLI version. Oh..... And to answer your question Nederina, the Scirroco is that to the golf, as this would be to the Jetta. Just this one will have a proper trunk/boot.
Jan 11th, 2010 11:58pm
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thomaspaluska thomaspaluska
this is the new Eos, i think they gonna drop the hard folding top like today's one, soft instead and this nice coupé will be on the market,
Jan 11th, 2010 11:55pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
simply beautiful, understated and elegant
Jan 11th, 2010 11:54pm
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