The 2015 Geneva Motor Show saw the premiere of the Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE, a vehicle that previews the upcoming Passat CC. The four-door, four-seat concept shows a progressive design and looks just like an exclusive sports car. The concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive, which includes a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine as well as two electric motors.
The total output delivered by the plug-in hybrid drive is 380 hp (279 kW), while combined fuel consumption is just 2.0 litres per 100 km and average CO2 emissions are just 46 g/km.. The petrol engine and front electric motor deliver the power to the front wheels, while the rear electric motor powers the rear wheels via an electronic proshaft.
Although Volkswagen didn’t offer any specs, we expect the concept to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 5 seconds, while top speed would be limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h. Using just the electric motors and the energy stored in the lithium-ion battery, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE is able to offer an all-electric range of 50 km or 31 miles.
When it comes to design, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE arrives with a new front end design, consisting of a radiator grille, headlights and VW badge that merge into a single unit. Meanwhile, the roofline extends like a flattened curve from the A-pillar and into the rear body. Although the concept looks really impressive and just like a sports car, there is excellent headroom for all the passengers as well as a 480-liter boot.
Dr Heinz-Jakob Neußer, Member of the Board of Management for Development at Volkswagen, is certain that the Sport Coupé Concept GTE will show the way to the future: "This concept is a breathtakingly dynamic coupé, which will set standards in this class and offer a persuasive alternative to the classic saloons of the B and C segments.”
Other vehicles unveiled by Volkswagen at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show were the new Touran, its most successful MPV with 1.9 million units sold, as well as the new large family MPV Sharan.
In addition, the Passat Alltrack also celebrated its debut in Geneva and just like the outgoing model it is based on the Passat Variant. Stylish design elements such as the rugged bumpers and side sill mouldings but also the permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system and a special off-road driving programme, make sure that the vehicle is able to conquer almost any terrain.