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Volkswagen C Coupé GTE Concept Shines in Shanghai

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/19/2015 Kelly Pleskot

The Volkswagen C Coupé GTE concept debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show today, previewing the future styling direction from the automaker.

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If the plug-in hybrid concept were to enter production, Volkswagen says, it would slot in between the Passat and the full-sized Phaeton. It also represents the first VW car based on the new MLB platform; the current architecture underpins the Audi A6 and other luxury models from the Volkswagen Group.

It may be Volkswagen’s umpteenth GTE car, but it looks just as sharp as the others. This sports sedan features a unique “Golden Atmosphere” paint color as well as retractable door handles and striking LED lighting. It has a radiator grille with five chrome bars, and just like the Sport Coupe Concept GTE, its headlights filter into the grille for a streamlined look. Twenty-two inch wheels finish off the exterior look. Inside, look for plenty of premium touches like a 12.3-inch central infotainment touchscreen, wrap-around ambient lighting, high-gloss black trim, wood trim on the door panels, and a panoramic sliding roof with an option to darken the electrochromic glass. Additional 4.5-inch and 9.5-inch screens entertain and coddle rear passengers, as does a cooled champagne box.

Volkswagen C Coupe GTE Concept© Provided by MotorTrend Volkswagen C Coupe GTE Concept Under the hood is a 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A 14.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery powers the electric motor that is located inside the transmission housing. Combined system output is around 242 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

Volkswagen touts a range of more than 684 miles, although its 0-62 mph time comes in at a leisurely 8.6 seconds. Drivers should be able to travel 31 miles on electricity alone in E-Mode. Other drive modes—including Hybrid, the sporty GTE, and Battery Charge/Battery Hold—are available.

The Volkswagen C Coupé GTE was designed chiefly for Chinese customers, so it’s unclear whether the automaker is planning a large sedan for our market again. The Phaeton was discontinued in the U.S. after the 2006 model year, and Volkswagen never brought a replacement. Volkswagen Phaeton Is a Go" target="_blank">Rumors of one heading here still persist, however.

Source: Volkswagen

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