The Volkswagen-SAIC joint venture has revealed the second-gen Lamando sedan for the Chinese market, and since the new model is significantly longer than before, it’s gonna be called the Lamando L. That’s right! At least in a few markets, the so-called SUVs have not killed the good old sedans.
Indeed, the new Lamando L looks stylish with its contemporary front fascia featuring IQ.Light LED headlights and a connecting light strip; a gigantic bumper grille flanked by air curtains; an equally stylish fastback roofline, and a rear fascia with a connecting light strip. That chrome applique on the lower bumper mimicks exhaust outlets (read fake). Also, is it just me or do the taillights remind you of those on the EQS, especially when viewed from the three-quarter angles?
But anyway, the new Lamando L sits on the MQB Evo platform that underpins several other VW Group models including the 8th gen Golf, 4th gen Skoda Octavia and the China-exclusive VW Talagon SUV. It measures 4,784 mm long (+186 mm), 1,831 mm wide (+5 mm) and 1,469 mm tall (+44 mm), with a wheelbase of 2,731 mm (+75 mm).
Inside, the dashboard design looks nothing special; it just looks like any other latest VW model. The center section is slightly angled towards the driver, which is always a nice touch. Key features include a 12-inch central touchscreen, a 10-inch driver display, a color head-up display, voice commands, Beats audio system, and the usual ADAS suite which includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function. And thanks to generous length and wheelbase figures, space appears to be generous for both passengers and luggage.
Powering the new Lamando L is the same 1.4-litre (1,395 cc) 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that pumps out 110 kW (150 metric hp) at about 5,000 rpm and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. A 7-speed DSG drives the front wheels. A GTS model with a 2.0L TSI might join the lineup at a later date.