Details: Volkswagen Coupé Concept GTE

Details: Volkswagen Coupé Concept GTE

Volkswagen wants to reach higher in the luxury four-door coupé segment. And this new concept hints to a model that will be positioned above the current CC. But it’s also a sign of the new design direction the German automaker is headed towards.

It’s a radical departure from the Volkswagen we know – but of course, you can expect the production model to be a little more subdued, as is the case with concept cars. At the front, the radiator grille, headlights and VW emblem merge in what Volkswagen describes as a “completely new” interpretation of a four-door coupé. But let’s cut the verbiage: it simply looks great!

Look at it from the side and you can spot a few Audi-esque elements – especially in that C-pillar, which seems to have drawn some inspiration from the A7 Sportback. Air exhaust openings are integrated in the front wings, doors and bonnets. And it’s all garnished by a set of 21-inch five-spoke alloys.

The interior nods to the adoption of a more streamlined, uncluttered cabin theme for Volkswagen. A cleaner design and a more user-friendly atmosphere is part of the mandate, according to Volkswagen. Buttons are few and most of the surfaces are “interactive” – which the manufacturer believes creates a more personal link between human and machine.

It’s underpinned by the group’s lauded MQB platform. And powering the concept is a V6 TSI engine supplemented by two electric motors and a chargeable battery. Combined output is 279kW, with a top speed of 250km/h and a claimed fuel consumption figure of 2l/100km.

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