Following last weekend's online reveal, the Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept has made its world premiere at Auto Shanghai.

Following last weekend's online reveal, the Volkswagen C Coupe GTE concept has made its world premiere at Auto Shanghai.

Likely previewing a China-only sedan, the concept would slot between the Passat and Phaeton if turned into a production model. It's quite large at over five meters long, 1.93 meters wide and with a massive 3001mm wheelbase granting stellar room inside the cabin. The sleek body is a taste of what's to come as far as high-end VW sedans are concerned as the German marque says the design of the concept will rub off onto upcoming upper-spec production models.

Like many recent concepts from the VAG conglomerate, the C Coupe GTE benefits from a plug-in hybrid powertrain by combining a 4-cylinder TSI engine with an electric motor housed within the 8-speed automatic gearbox. This grants a combined output of 245 PS (180 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) which might not be impressive in terms of output but it does allow the concept to consume just 2.3 liters / 100 km (102.2 mpg US or 122.8 mpg UK).

In addition, it's not that slow as the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes a decent 8.6 seconds while top speed stands at 144 mph (232 km/h). When running solely on electric power, the Volkswagen C Coupe GTE can achieve a maximum speed of 81 mph (130 km/h). The lithium-ion battery pack has enough juice for a 31 miles (50 km) electric range and together with the gasoline fuel tank it allows the vehicle to have a total range of more than 497 miles (800 km) in hybrid mode.

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