The concept accurately previews Volkswagen’s next design language. Bigger all around than the current CC, the show car gets an elegant front end that is accented by a full-width radiator grille with chromed slats that extend into the headlights and a pair of muscular-looking C-shaped LED daytime running lights.
Pronounced character lines that connect the front wheel arches and the tail lamps help give the CC a low-slung look. Out back, the concept stands out from the current CC thanks to an Audi A7-like rakish D-pillar, a discreet spoiler integrated into the trunk lid and sharp tail lamps.
Inside, the Sport Coupe Concept GTE is fitted with a premium-looking cockpit whose design is inspired by the eighth-gen Passat that is sold in Europe. The concept propels Volkswagen into a new era of technology with a 10.1-inch screen that runs an advanced driver-focused navigation system, a pair of 12.3-inch screens that keep the rear passengers entertained and touch-sensitive HVAC controls. Finally, the instrument cluster has been replaced by an experimental version of the innovative Virtual Cockpit found in the aforementioned Passat and in a number of Audi models that has been upgraded with 3D graphics.
As its name implies, Volkswagen’s latest concept is powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain made up of a 295-horsepower 3.0-liter TSI V6 engine that is both turbocharged and direct-injected and two electric motors rated at 54 and 114 ponies, respectively. Electricity is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack.
Together, the three power sources send a total of 374 horsepower to all four wheels, allowing the concept to reach 62 mph from a stop in five seconds and go on to a top speed of 155 mph. The electric motors can propel the sedan by themselves for over 32 miles, while leaving the sedan in hybrid mode nets 118 mpg in a mixed European cycle.
Volkswagen has not commented on what the future holds for the Sport Coupe Concept GTE. It could announce that the next-gen CC will move up a notch on the market, or it could simply serve as a preview for the design that will influence future Volkswagens and the technology that will be built into them.
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