The VW C Coupe GTE had its world debut at the 2015 Auto Shanghai in April as a 4-door coupe concept. According to a report from CarNewsChina, the China-only model will see a market launch in December, as a 4-door premium coupe positioned between the Passat and the upcoming next-gen Phaeton. Shanghai-Volkswagen JV will manufacture this car.
The C Coupe GTE concept is based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform, also known as MLB 2 platform, and features a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Its plug-in hybrid drive system consists of a TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, an electric motor integrated in the gearbox module and a lithium-ion battery.
Individually, the combustion engines churns out 155 kW (208 hp), while the electric motor generates 91 kW (122 hp). Combined together, they develop a system power of 180 kW (241 hp). It can reach 0-100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 232 km/h. The top speed and maximum driving range in pure electric mode are rated at 130 km/h and 50 km respectively. Combined fuel consumption in NEDC for plug-in hybrid vehicle is rated at just 2.3/100 km, which converts to an impressive fuel economy figure of 43.48 km/l.
The production version will likely be offered with 2.0- and 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol (TSI) and diesel (TDI) engines. There should be a plug-in hybrid variant too, thanks to the appealing incentives offered by the Chinese government for plug-in vehicles.
Europe and other major markets would get a similar model with the name ‘Passat CC’ in the future, which will typically be a more luxurious, coupe-styled variant of the new generation Passat (B9). It was previewed by the Sport Coupe Concept GTE at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The 2017 Passat CC would go on sale in H2 2016 or early 2017. Know more about the second generation VW CC here.