Auto Shanghai 2015: Volkswagen unveils new C Coupe GTE Concept

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 23, 2015

At Auto Shanghai 2015, Volkswagen introduced its latest four-door concept car for the Chinese market – the new C Coupe GTE. It measures five meters long and gives off a sense of passion, exclusivity, and perfection. Powered by a state-of-the-art plug-in hybrid drive system, the C Coupe GTE can deliver a combined 500 Newton metres of system torque.

The approach taken by Volkswagen on this progressive C Coupe GTE reflects what the designs will be like for its upcoming future saloons. It has a contemporary form that serves to impress. It has a long bonnet that gives the car a confident stance and from the side, it boasts of elegant lines, a set of low-profile windows, and a two-line horizontal character line.

The width of the car is emphasized when looking at the rear. The C Coupe GTE is equipped with a plug-in hybrid drive system that’s one of the most sophisticated in the world. It is composed of a turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (TSI) with four cylinders, an electric motor integrated in the gearbox module, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and a lithium-ion battery.

The TSI engine is capable of delivering 210 PS. Its electric motor, on the other hand, has a power output of 124 PS. Its hybrid drive can deliver a system power of 245 PS and an amazing system torque of 500 Nm. The rear holds the battery, which can be charged while either driving or parked.

If you want to go all-electric, you should know that the C Coupe GTE can also go as fast as 130 km/h (81 mph) in this mode. It has a range of 50 kilometres (31 mph) but the upshot is that it has zero local emissions.

The car boasts of a combined fuel consumption (NEDC for plug-in hybrid vehicles) of 2.3 litres per 100 kilometres. This number is equivalent to a CO2 emissions level of only 55 g/km.

The car has a total driving range of more than 800 kilometres (497 miles). The C Coupe GTE may have outstanding fuel economy but it is quite sporty as well. It can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 8.6 seconds and it can reach a maximum speed of 232 km/h or 144 mph. [source: Volkswagen]

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