Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Newspress UK, Volkswagen | posted April 21, 2015 06:22
Volkswagen holds world debut of the C Coupe GTE concept in China
The Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept has made its world debut at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show.
Designed for the Chinese market, the C Coupe GTE concept measures 5072mm long, 1930mm wide and 1445 mm tall with a wheelbase of 3015mm. Volkswagen said that the concept previews the new “face” of the brand's premium sedans.
In terms of the design, the C Coupe GTE concept is characterized by horizontal lines and sharp edges. Up front, the radiator grill of the concept features five chrome bars along with LED dual headlights and C-shaped daytime running lights.
The rear of the C Coupe GTE concept is fitted with LED taillights, a lip spoiler and dual tailpipes. The concept's large bumper comes with a chrome strip as well as sharp lines. Lastly, the C Coupe GTE is painted in “Golden Atmosphere,” a color that was chosen in “homage to the Chinese market.”
The interior of the C Coupe GTE concept features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen display, a flat-bottomed steering wheel as well as wood and aluminum trim. The rear of the cabin is designed with a “lounge-like ambience” that features materials such as wood and leather. In addition, there are two 4.5-inch touchscreens in the rear center console which are used for individual seat position adjustment and climate control.
The C Coupe GTE concept uses a plug-in hybrid system which consists of a four-cylinder turbocharged direct-injection TSI gasoline engine along with an eight-speed automatic transmission as well as an electric motor. According to Volkswagen, the TSI engine delivers 210 PS while the electric motor generates 124 PS. With this, the combined power output of the concept produces 245 PS and 500 Nm of torque. It also comes with a lithium-ion battery that has a range of up to 50 km.