Considering the Phaeton debacle (or genius, depending on your definition) Volkswagen's setting a lower bar with its next luxury model — a coupe-like four-door that's been in the rumor mill since the Grover Cleveland administration. Now, according to German mag AutomobilWoche (translation: Automobile Wookie), the yet-unnamed model will debut at the 2008 Detroit auto show next January. It'll be based on the Passat and — in Germany — will start at around €30,000 with a 160hp 1.8L TSI motor and a six-speed manual, a 140-hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel for €32,500 and over €40,000 for a 300 hp V6 FSI version with all-wheel-drive and DSG. Though the base prices are midpoint, word is the cars will run much higher with options boxes checked. (Note: Spec image shown.) [UPDATE: "Spec" means it's a Photoshopped estimation of what it might look like.]

VW readies new four-door coupe [Motor Authority]

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