Volkswagen's C Coupe GTE concept unveiled at the Shanghai auto show would be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton if produced. But whether or not it's built, the concept previews a new, more upscale design language for VW.
"The C Coupe GTE very clearly shows the new face of top Volkswagen sedans for the first time," said Klaus Bischoff, VW brand design chief. "The evolution of the Volkswagen design DNA shown here will accompany us worldwide, and on the way to the new Phaeton."
Wolfsburg's new design language has plenty of sharp edges, stacked horizontal lines, and elongated elements that make the car look horizontally stretched. The proportions appear to preview a car larger and more luxurious than the current Passat, with a high shoulder line and a rakish greenhouse accentuating the car's length.
"Sedans have changed hugely in recent years," said Walter de' Silva, VW Group design boss. "The new rear-end design that is oriented to the classic two-door coupe has given them more personality."
Volkswagen didn't discuss the chances of the concept being produced though the technology, including the powertrain, is already available in production form. So is the modular longitudinal matrix, or MLB, platform, which the concept uses.
The C Coupe GTE concept is powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. An electric motor integrated in the transmission housing provides extra power. Electricity is stored in a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery.