It has emerged that a production variant of the Volkswagen C Coupe GTE Concept launched at the Shanghai Motor Show 2015 will be produced for the Chinese market.
Discussing this with Automotive News Europe, Volkswagen brand development chief Heinz-Jakob Neusser said “The C Coupe GTE not only provides a clear preview of the production vehicle to come but we have also developed the sports sedan exclusively for the Chinese market. Cars such as the C Coupe GTE sustainably improve the urban air quality and hence the living conditions of the inhabitants.”
One of the reasons why the Volkswagen C Coupe GTE is being launched in China is because the local government offers a range of incentives for ‘New Energy Vehicles’. As part of the program, subsidies are offered from the Chinese government for vehicles that have the ability to drive 50 km in zero-emissions mode. When the car launches, it will become one of over 15 models produced in China by the Volkswagen Group including the recently announced Audi A6 L e-tron.
Powering the Volkswagen C Coupe GTE Concept is a plug-in hybrid powertrain. This powertrain combines a turbocharged four-cylinder TFSI petrol engine mated to an electric motor. The petrol engine alone produces 210 hp while the electric motor adds 124 hp with cumulative torque then sitting at 369 lb-ft. Combined fuel consumption sits at 2.3 litres per 100 km or 102 mpg equalling 55 g/km of CO2 emissions. For added efficiency, the C Coupe GTE Concept can travel for 49 km (31 miles) purely on electric power at speeds of up to 130 km/h (81 mph). The powertrain is then mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
[Via Automotive News Europe]