While most countries get the Jetta, Volkswagen Philippines offers the Lamando instead. It's been that way since VW Philippines dropped the previous lineup for SAIC-built models. The name may not be familiar elsewhere in the world, but it's been on sale in China since 2014. Nonetheless, it still had the signature Volkswagen styling like the rest of the models on sale.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the upcoming next-generation Lamando. For starters, it looks nothing like the current lineup of Volkswagen models today. It doesn't even look like the Lamando we have now. Don't believe us? Well, we'll let the photos do the talking instead.
Photos of the sedan have been published in China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as part of the homologation process. The photos give us a clear look at the Lamando's new exterior design. While it may have a Volkswagen badge, it reminds us of a certain French automaker instead. Upfront, the headlights appear to be inspired by VW's all-electric I.D. lineup. However, the smiling bumper certainly isn't.
At the back, there's more inspiration from the said French automaker. The rear-end has been given a major overhaul. What stands out is the full-width LED taillights, which look a lot like the ones fitted on the Peugeot 508. The sedan also features large black trim at the bottom half of the bumper. Noticeably, the new Lamando has a more rakish rear-end, giving it a sleeker profile.
Unfortunately, MIIT did not reveal photos of the interior. However, expect to see large digital displays in front of the driver and the center of the dashboard. The seats and cabin could also be lined in leather to give the Lamando a more upscale feel.
This new Lamando will likely arrive in the Philippines once it makes its official debut in China. With that, we're certain our readers will have a thing or two to say about the sedan's design. Drop your comments down below.