VW Sport Coupe GTE Geneva Live 19

Time to give you more of this sleek beast. Unveiled at the ongoing Geneva show, the Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE is believed to serve as a crystal ball for the upcoming CC – the four-door coupe based on the Passat B8, the 2015 European Car of the Year.

That front grille is so wide it’ll divide opinion, but those it doesn’t scare off will appreciate the long bonnet’s complex surfaces and the way the two top-most grille bars sweep up to join the scowling headlamps.

Aggression is everywhere, from its bonnet louvres, through its 21-inch turbine-style alloys, rakish windscreen, boot spoiler and finally to its squat, muscular fastback profile.

The concept is 4,869 mm long, 1,864 mm wide and 1,407 mm tall, making it 102 mm longer, 32 mm wider and 49 mm lower than the Passat B8. Its 3,020 mm wheelbase is quite a bit longer than the D-segment sedan’s 2,791, however.

In VW world, ‘GTE‘ indicates a plug-in hybrid – here, a V6 TSI engine and two electric motors provide a combined 380 hp, affording the concept a century sprint time of 5.2 seconds and a 250 km/h top speed. All while being capable of 50 km per litre, 50 km on electricity only and 1,000 km of total range.

The cabin is also a sign of things to come (in the fairly distant future), appearing to be a slimmer, more angular interpretation of the Passat B8’s dashboard. There are horizontal air-con vents, a large touch-screen, a panoramic roof, a sloping centre console and rear captain seats.