Mike Stevens | Oct 1, 2010

volkswagen nms sketch 03

With the updated 2011 Volkswagen Passat being shown at Paris this week, new artwork for its US-market replacement - the 'New Medium Sedan' - has been released today.

These latest illustrations, while highly stylised, look to be the next development of a sketchier image revealed earlier this year (see gallery).

Following in the style footsteps of the updated Passat and the new Phaeton saloon, squarer headlights are expected, flanking a slightly taller, three-faced version of the corporate 'letterbox' grille.

While it is known that the NMS has been designed specifically for the US market - including a production schedule for assembly in the US - rumours abound that the new sedan will be the international successor to either the Passat or the Jetta.

Speaking with TMR recently, Volkswagen Australia's Karl Gehling would not speculate on the possibility of the NMS’s availability in a right-hand-drive layout.

The as yet unnamed sedan is expected go on sale in the US around the first quarter of next year, but no official word has been offered on a launch date. A Detroit Motor Show debut in January is likely.

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