Volkswagen is planning a new four-door sedan model that will slot in above the next-generation Golf and Jetta models, according to reports out of Europe.
Unlike the Jetta sedan, which sits along side the Golf hatch in Volkswagen's small car range, this new model would follow in the footsteps of the Passat CC, bringing a more coupe-like shape to the sedan platform.
Whispers of a sleek new sub-CC offering stretch as far back as 2009, but with the new Audi A3 family now confirmed to get a sedan variant in the near future, a new Jetta CC version could be around the corner.
The international boom in small car sales has already moved Mercedes-Benz to begin work on a 'baby CLS' four-door coupe, and a sedan version of Volvo's new V40 (likely to bring back the S40 badge) is also expected.
Britain's Autocar magazine quotes an unnamed Volkswagen insider: "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."
The report adds that Volkswagen brass gave the go-ahead on a four-door coupe after research showed that buyers prefer sleek four-door offerings rather than genuine two-door coupes - such as the Jetta-previewing New Compact Coupe concept.
"From the feedback we’ve received so far buyers want an individual bodystyle and the practicality of four doors."
As with the upcoming Golf and nearly every other new Volkswagen between the tiny Up! and the giant Touareg, the new model would ride on the carmaker's versatile new MQB platform.
Taking its cues from the recently updated Passat CC, the so-called Jetta CC would likely feature a lower rake to its windshield, a long and low roofline and a high rear deck.
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