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Volkswagen C Coupe GTE Concept Will Spawn Production Model for China

Volkswagen's sub-Phaeton sedan was one of Auto Shanghai's highlights, but the Chinese market will not only get the prototype, as the Germans plan to go further and launch a production version derived from the concept.
VW C Coupé GTE Auto Shanghai 1 photo
Before getting into further details, let's have a look at VW's C Coupé GTE. As many carmakers did in preparing their Shanghai fleets, VW had a look at what Chinese upper-middle class buyers want. While Ford brought the production Taurus and Volvo showcased the S60L T6 Twin, Volkswagen responded with the C Coupé GTE.

So, big sedan, generous proportion announcing plenty of interior space and a sleek exterior design, something we are not used to seeing from Volkswagen in recent times. In theory, the perfect recipe to attract Chinese customers, with a bonus affinity for the environment thanks to plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to Automotive News, Volkswagen wants to introduce a production version of the C Coupé GTE in China, where the sedan will become the manufacturer's flagship low-emission saloon.

It this plan will gain momentum and continuity, the production version spawned by the concept is set to become one of the 15 locally-produced semi-green vehicles under VW Group's belt. Engineers fitted the Coupé GTE with a 210 HP four-liter turbo TSI powerplant working in tandem with a 124 HP (91 kW) electric motor, under the supervision of an 8-speed automatic transmission.

All in all, the power output is rated at 245 HP (180 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, but that's not what most Chinese buyers are looking for. Therefore, potential customers will most likely be interested in the 3,000 mm (118.7 in) wheelbase.

 
 
 
 
 

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