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2015-04-21 11:23

HYBRID-POWERED VW: The luxurious new VW C Coupé GTE is powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system capable of 180kW and 500Nm. Image: Newspress

WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen presented its new C Coupé GTE at the 2015 Shanghai auto show.

The four-door concept car is aimed for the Chinese market and is powered by an innovative plug-in hybrid engine.

The C Coupé GTE, the automaker says, "illustrates a new design approach for Volkswagen’s top future sedans".


The C Coupé GTE plug-in hybrid systems consists of a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol (TSI) combined with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery. The engine is mated to a eight-speed auto.


The TSI engine produces 154kW, while the electric motor has a power output of 91kW. The hybrid drive develops a system power of 180kW and 500Nm. 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 130km/h); this mode enables driving with zero local emissions and a range of 50km. The car’s combined fuel consumption (NEDC for plug-in hybrid vehicles) is 2.3 litres per 100km.

This figure equates to CO2 emissions of just 55g/km. The car’s total driving range is over 800km. Despite its excellent fuel efficiency, the C Coupé GTE also has sporty ambitions. This Volkswagen accelerates to 100km in 8.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 232km/h.

LUXURIOUS CABIN: The new VW C Coupé GTE has a driving range of over 800km. Image: Newspress

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