When the next-generation Volkswagen Jetta rolls off the production line, there’s a good chance the sedan and wagon will be joined by a new eccentric sibling: a four-door coupe. The new model will slot below and borrow styling cues from the recently-refreshed Volkswagen CC.
According to Autocar, the new baby CC will seat four passengers and will likely be named SC, which stands for sport coupe. The next-gen Jetta sedan and wagon is slated to receive the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform, so it’s likely the SC will get the same underpinnings. The next-gen Audi A3 is the first vehicle to ride on the new MQB platform. The report also states that production of the new SC will like take place at the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, where the new Beetle is also being built.
It’s no secret that Volkswagen is aggressively seeking ways to gain market share in places like China and the United States. It hopes to reach that goal by introducing new models like the SC. Autocar states that Volkswagen originally considered producing a traditional two-door coupe Jetta. Subsequent marketing studies, however, favored the four-door variant.
“Our research suggests there is increasingly a market for a sportier and more stylish version of the Jetta in the mould of the CC, only smaller and more affordable,” a Volkswagen source revealed to Autocar. “From the feedback we’ve received so far buyers want an individual body style and the practicality of four doors.”
Autocar says the SC could reach U.K. showrooms by 2015. Not only will it be a cheaper alternative to the VW’s own CC and the upcoming Audi A3 sedan, but it should also attract shoppers considering the soon-to-arrive Mercedes-Benz CLC four-door coupe. The CLC will serve as a smaller, front-drive alternative to the larger rear-drive CLS.
Last week, Auto Bild speculated that the baby CC would be based on the next-generation Golf. Using the Jetta, however, seems like a more logical starting point if the SC is to be considered a smaller version of the CC.Should the SC find success, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the budget-friendly, four-door coupe segment to gain competitors from Asian and domestic automakers.