Volkswagen today released this sketch of the mid-sized sedan that will be built at its new U.S. factory now under construction in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The mid-sized sedan, which has yet to be named, will be slightly larger than the Passat.
The sedan has VW brand's new design criteria, which features horizontal lines along the sides and across the grille.
Walter de' Silva, VW group design boss, says the sedan was designed with the American customer in mind but is first and foremost a VW.
“It's not our philosophy to design a car for a market. This is wrong. A good tailor is a good tailor -- all over the world. So a good car is a good car,” de' Silva said in an interview in November.
He added: “But the customization, the color, the tuning, the specialties, the accessories, the wheels -- those are very important."
VW plans to build 150,000 units of the sedan annually when the Chattanooga, factory opens in early 2011.
Most will be sold in the United States and Canada.