It’s not only Audi who hints at their future design direction at the Geneva Motor Show with their Prologue Avant, Volkswagen also revealed their new styling language for their upcoming models.
Presented in the shape of a sporty 4-door Coupé, the aptly-named Volkswagen Sport Coupé Concept GTE highlights some of the design elements that will eventually make their way on the future Volkswagen models.
The V-shaped grille is bigger and the top two chrome slats incorporate LED DRLs, while more LED DRLs can be found at the edge of the lower side intakes. The low roof rises from the base of the A-pillars that have been pushed back by the long bonnet, ending toward the flat C-pillar that falls almost seamlessly to the bootlid.
The result is a sleek looking car, and the 21-inch wheels give the Sport Coupé Concept GTE a “spectacular stance”.
Inside, the cabin sits four, and the design emphasises on horizontal lines to create a clean and minimalistic look. The Sport Coupé Concept GTE make use of multiple screens, including the 12.3-inch used for the Active Info Display in the instrument binnacle, a 10.1-inch touchscreen for the central infotainment system, and a pair of 12.3-inch touchscreens for the rear passengers.
Riding on the versatile MQB platform, the Sport Coupé Concept GTE is not merely a dummy show car, under the bright yellow exterior is a functioning plug-in hybrid drive system.
A turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 TSI is accompanied by a pair of electric motors and mated to a 6-speed DSG box. The V6 alone produces 295 hp, while the electric motors at the front and rear generates 40 Kw and 85 Kw respectively. In total they make 374 hp, which sends the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and onto a top speed of 250 km/h.
By the looks of it, the sleek 4-door Coupé is most likely to enter production as the next generation Volkswagen CC. Last year, Volkswagen Group Malaysia held a special preview of what is to come this year, and one model in particular stood out – the Golf GTE. It’s rumoured to be making its way here soon, but we’re looking at the year’s end or early next year at best. Fingers crossed!