VW C Coupe GTE Concept Looks Classy in Shanghai

China is the only reason for which VW still builds the Phaeton and the world’s largest car market is probably the main reason why there will be a second-generation model.

With this in mind, it was only natural that VW unveiled the C Coupe GTE pre-production study at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Described as a four-door concept car for the Chinese market that “illustrates a new design approach for future top saloons at Volkswagen,” the C Coupe GTE most likely previews the next-generation Phaeton, as it’s over five meters (196.8in) long.

The study features a plug-in hybrid drive system consisting of a turbocharged four-cylinder TSI petrol engine, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, an electric motor integrated in the gearbox module and a lithium-ion battery placed at the rear.

The TSI engine produces 210PS (207hp), while the electric motor has a power output of 91kW (124PS/122hp). The hybrid drive develops a system power of 245PS (242hp) and 500Nm (369lb-ft), allowing the C Coupé GTE to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.6 seconds and to reach a top speed of 232 km/h (144 mph).

These are not very striking figures for a luxury sedan, but what’s really impressive is the average fuel consumption of 2.3 l/100 km (102.2 mpg US) and the CO2 emissions of just 55 g/km. The C Coupé GTE is capable to travel in all-electric mode for 50 km (31 miles), at speeds of up to 130 km/h (81 mph), while total driving range exceeds 800 km (497 miles).

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