For the company executive in search of a dose of German four-wheeled refinement, but whose annual bonus won’t stretch quite far enough for a BMW 5 Series or a Mercedes Benz E-Class, Volkswagen have always been on hand with their impeccably smart and effortlessly stylish CC, a Passat-based fastback saloon first glimpsed back in 2008. Building on the premise of this semi-luxury stretched coupé, the German marque have debuted an all-new concept dubbed the Sport Coupé GTE in a world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, positioned between the CC and VW’s Phaeton super-luxury limousine.
In a nod to possible future avenues of design, the Sport Coupé Concept GTE debuts an entirely updated front end, including a totally fresh interpretation of VW’s radiator grille and headlight ‘family face’. The current penchant for long, sweeping bonnets within the luxury segment – perhaps a legacy of the majestic Mercedes SLS supercar – is heavily accentuated here, with the cabin set far back beneath the flattened curve of the roofline. The Sport Coupé Concept’s arresting silhouette is bookended by several integrated air inlets in the front wings, doors and bonnet and rounded off with a set of 21-inch five-spoke wheels.
Power comes courtesy of a 375bhp V6 plug-in hybrid engine whose dual electric motors can be called upon for zero-emissions cruising or alternatively combined with the petrol engine to deliver a top speed of 155mph.
Despite clearly putting the accent on design, Volkswagen haven’t scrimped on the practical elements, as the Sport Coupé Concept GTE features interior head and leg room comparable to that of the CC, a panoramic sliding sunroof and a generous helping of boot space beneath that distinctive fastback rear portion.