Volkswagen C Coupé GTE At 2015 Auto Shanghai – Photos & Videos

APR 21 2015 BY MARK KANE 11

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

The Volkswagen C Coupé GTE plug-in hybrid concept was developed with Chinese consumers in mind and is one of the stars of 2015 Auto Shanghai.

The lug-in car looks exceptional in gold with silver accents and with its 14.1 kWh battery, all-electric range of 50 km sounds reasonable.

Here is a short description from Volkswagen, followed by lot of photos & videos from the stage:

“The progressive C Coupé GTE illustrates a new design approach for future top saloons at Volkswagen. Its contemporary form is impressive from all viewing angles: while its long bonnet conveys a confident appearance, in a side view the four-door C Coupé GTE impresses with its elegant lines, low-profile side windows and horizontal character line that is formed by two lines. From the rear, this structure comes together distinctively, emphasising the vehicle’s width.

The C Coupé GTE has one of the world’s most advanced plug-in hybrid drive systems. It consists of a turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (TSI) with four cylinders, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, an electric motor integrated in the gearbox module and a lithium-ion battery. The TSI engine produces 155 kW / 210 PS, while the electric motor has a power output of 91 kW / 124 PS. The hybrid drive develops a system power of 180 kW / 245 PS and an impressive system torque of 500 Nm. The battery integrated at the rear can be charged while driving or while parked. The C Coupé GTE can also be powered all-electrically (up to a speed of 130 km/h); this mode enables driving with zero local emissions and a range of 50 kilometres. The car’s combined fuel consumption (NEDC for plug-in hybrid vehicles) is 2.3 litres per 100 kilometres. This figure equates to CO2 emissions of just 55 grams per kilometre. The car’s total driving range is over 800 kilometres. Despite its excellent fuel efficiency, the C Coupé GTE also has sporty ambitions. This Volkswagen accelerates to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 232 km/h.”

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

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Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

Volkswagen C Coupé GTE

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11 Comments on "Volkswagen C Coupé GTE At 2015 Auto Shanghai – Photos & Videos"

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Tesla door handles 🙂

Isn’t this car a bit big to be FWD?

You must not remember the huge by today’s standards Cadillac Eldorado, Oldsmobile toronado etc. Of the mid 70’s. These were fwd 5000 lb plus 20 foot long barges.

Opinion: I like the looks of the VW more than any other VW I’ve seen. That’s not saying much, but it’s a start for VW. This car is still a bit dated, but it’s better than what they currently have going.

for what it is, it’s not a bad looking car. the 50km of EV range seems a bit scant, though. whenever i see a stated EV range, i always assume that there are going to be worst case scenarios where you get a lot less. if you get into “a lot less” than 50km, you don’t really have much by way of usable range.

Thankfully, in a PHEV, one doesn’t have to worry about the worst case scenario that happens once in a blue moon.

the car is not an EREV but it can operate in EV mode at speeds up to 130 km/hr, which covers most driving speeds. the stated range is 50 km. GM tends to be conservative in its range estimates but i don’t know whether VW’s 50 km is “up to” 50 km. if it is an optimistic figure, then i could imagine getting only 25 km in less favorable circumstances.

my attitude about PHEVs is that you want enough EV range to cover most of the driving that you do. but 25 km is a range that i would think a lot of drivers would regularly exceed. certainly 50 km of range is a lot better, but that is almost 20% less than the gen1 Volt offers.

I don’t disagree. But the Volt is much smaller with very little back seat legroom. This car appears to be along wheelbase, and may be very attractive to Chinese customers who can afford this. Considering its size, 50 km AER range for metropolitan area driving is respectable, IMO.

I don’t see the pricing or availability date in the article. I’m guessing, may be 2016.

Personally I don’t like the look at all, it looks American to me… which is not a car fashion I like at all.
I have a preference for cars that look efficient, but thats me 🙂

from the side it kind of reminds me of a BMW 7 series car.

Doubling down on the belt-line crease.

I just don’t the coupe designation, it looks more like a sedan to me. No one has made a car for me yet, they will eventually.