Volkswagen has announced the C Coupe GTE concept will morph into a production version next year, but only for the Chinese market.

Volkswagen has announced the C Coupe GTE concept will morph into a production version next year, but only for the Chinese market.

Currently on display at Auto Shanghai, the sleek VW C Coupe GTE is about to hit the assembly line in China where it will act as Volkswagen's flagship low-emission model as it will be available exclusively with a plug-in hybrid setup. It will be one of the 15 alternatively-powered vehicles from VAG to be locally-produced and sold in China, alongside the Passat GTE and the Audi A6 L e-tron. Moreover, the imported Golf GTE will also join the range sometime in 2016.

Details about the hardware setup for the production-ready C Coupe GTE are not available at this point, but we remind you the concept combines a four-cylinder TSI engine with an electric motor built into the 8-speed automatic transmission. It has a combined output of 245 PS (180 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) which enables the vehicle to run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 8.6 seconds before topping out at 144 mph (232 km/h).

More importantly, the MLB platform-based C Coupe GTE has a fuel consumption of only 2.3 liters / 100 km (102.2 mpg US or 122.8 mpg UK) and can be driven in electric mode for up to 31 miles (50 km). When used as a hybrid, the concept can provide a maximum range of 497 miles (800 km).

Volkswagen C Coupe GTE heading into production for Chinese market