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VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE Previewed as Next-Gen CC at 2015 Gevena Show


Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Development, introduces the car that needs no introduction: “This breathtakingly dynamic coupé is unlike any other to appear in this class. The design of the Sport Coupé Concept GTE is an impressive alternative to the classic sedans of the B and C segments-it has the style of a sport coupé that is enriched by the functionality of a large hatchback and the interior space of a sedan.” Klaus Bischoff, Head of Design of the Volkswagen Brand, adds: “The Sport Coupé Concept GTE is another milestone of expressive design. With this concept car, Volkswagen is not only showing a new model’s design, but also initial glimpses of a new design era.”

The innovative interior of the Sport Coupé Concept GTE is as instantly striking as its exterior. It’s highly, clean, crisp design immediately jumps out at you. It offers a peek into the new world of luxury, peerless ergonomics and bridges the gap between human and machine interactive interface.   This Volkswagen coupe takes things to the next level by using driver’s biometric data and a new Active Information Display with a surreal 3D appearance. There are no let downs as you venture inside. The amazing end result is a ground-breaking vanguard interior to match its stunningly expressive exterior beauty.

In a new age, nothing screams innovation more than the GTE’s plug-in hybrid drive system. The range of the all-electric mode checks in at approximately 32 miles.

The Sport Coupé Concept GTE factors in a new dimension to its GTE philosophy. The 374-horsepower GTE fastback rivals the long-distance properties of a Gran Turismo, while at the same time delivering zero-emission driving. The VW Sport Coupe Concept does this with two electric motors and externally charged battery. The ground-breaking vehicle tops out at 155 mph and has a remarkable combined fuel consumption of 118 mpg.
Exterior Design

The innovative vehicle is underpinned again by Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB), which presents stylish packaging and proportions. The most important dimension for the design of a sports coupe is the ratio of the exterior length to the wheelbase. The GTE is 191.7 inches long with an incredibly long wheelbase of 118.9 inches, serving an interior that is 73.7 inches long. The interior includes short body overhangs of 35.8 inches at the front and 44.1 inches at the back. Its low height (55.4 inches), impressive width (73.4 inches) and large 21-inch wheels give the car a spectacular stance. As a result of the MQB packaging, the Sport Coupé GTE has ample front and rear headroom, and a 17.0 cubic foot trunk.

The radiator grille and headlights are a complete departure from standard VW front ends. The designers are believed to have focused significantly on the 3D factor. The uppermost radiator grille features crosspiece frames with inner LED modules (high beams and Daytime Running Lights). The second crosspiece wraps around the outer LED modules (low beams and DRLs).

The winglets also function as DRLs and turn signals by alternating the LED color at the top ends of the bands.

The GTE is a coupé with four doors and a hatchback. This approach led to a design that accentuates long, extended lines, a low overall height, and an athletic body form. The car’s silhouette is completely uncompromised with the roofline assuming the shape of a flattened curve that extends from the A-pillar-set. The extremely low-set C-pillar, which flows seamlessly from the roofline, gives the impression of dominating the vehicle’s rear. Air vents in the front fenders and hood have stylish chrome elements that mimic the stylistic theme of the winglets surrounding the headlights.

Learn more about Volkswagen’s new Sport Coupe Concept GTE vehicle at Chapman Volkswagen. Don’t forget to also check out other models from Volkswagen in Tucson and take one for a test drive!

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