Volkswagen goes smart & suave with C Coupe GTE concept

Volkswagen could be keen to be a big player in the plug-in hybrid premium sedan market, overnight unveiling this, the C Coupe GTE concept at Auto Shanghai 2015.

Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept-driving

The C Coupe is powered by a hybrid setup consisting of a four-cylinder TSI engine, mated to an electric drive system. The internal combustion engine produces 155kW, while the electric motor pushes out 91kW, for a combined output of 180kW and 500Nm.

Due to its long wheelbase (3001mm) and luxurious interior, the C Coupe won’t be burning any Teslas at the lights, with a 0-100km/h time of 8.6 seconds and a top speed of 232km/h. The concept does however shine in terms of economy, with a claimed consumption rate of just 2.3L/100km, and releasing only 55g/km of carbon dioxide.

The concept comes with a lithium-ion battery pack, which enables electric-only cruising of up to 50km. It is charged by the internal combustion engine, contributing to a combined potential range of more than 800km.

The C Coupe GTE also experiments with some fresh ideas from Volkswagen’s upcoming design language, with a unique set of smart and sophisticated headlights and a new grille façade. Volkswagen says a production version of this may slide into the lineup above the Passat.

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Inside there is an advanced interior layout, heavily influenced by the Passat, with fresh touches like an all-new center console controlling two rear-facing displays for passengers in the rear. A smart dash presents the front passengers with a whole suite of connectivity and interactive functions, with a full digital display for the driver.

Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept-rear screens

If VW is going to launch a large luxury sedan any time soon expect plenty of inspiration to be drawn from this. A production version might be developed in the future, at least for the Chinese market where the segment shines.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.