The shape of things to come for top-of-the-range Volkswagen products has been shown in Shanghai with the unveiling of the C Coupé GTE plug-in hybrid concept.

A four-door concept car designed with the Chinese market in mind, this “coupe” is powered by what VW calls an innovative plug-in hybrid drive system.

The plug-in hybrid system consists of a four cylinder turbocharged gasoline direct-injection engine (TSI), an 8-speed automatic gearbox, an electric motor integrated in the gearbox module and a lithium-ion battery. The battery integrated at the rear can be charged while driving or while parked.


Volkswagen also said the C Coupé GTE can be powered all-electrically up to a speed of 130 kilometers per hour (81 mph); this mode enables driving with zero local emissions and a range of 50 kilometers (31 mph).

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The car’s combined fuel consumption (NEDC for plug-in hybrid vehicles) is stated by VW at 2.3 liters per 100 kilometers (102 mpg). This figure equates to CO2 emissions of 55 grams per kilometer. The car’s total driving range is over 800 kilometers (497 miles).


Also incorporating sporty ambitions in the C Coupé GTE, Volkswagen’s engineers made sure this concept accelerates to 62 mph in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 232 kilometers per hour (144 mph).

This C Coupé GTE concept illustrates a new design approach for Volkswagen’s top future sedans, but Volkswagen did not state if this plug-in hybrid powertrain will be incorporated in future products as-is or in modified form.