Volkswagen has released the first teaser sketch of its upcoming four-door coupe, the Volkswagen Arteon. Its name being a portmanteau between “art” and “eon” – the latter being an identifier of a premium model, much like the Chinese-market Phideon – it will replace the CC and be positioned a rung higher than the Passat in Wolfsburg’s range, making its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Does the sketch remind you of anything familiar? That’s because the Arteon is essentially the production version of the Sport Coupe Concept GTE, something which was apparent when patent images of the new car were leaked in August. The front end, with a wide grille and bars that extend into the three-dimensional headlights, have been retained.

Also retained are the fender vents, rakish roof line and pronounced rear haunches. Like the current CC, the Arteon will come with frameless windows, but it also adds a full top-hinged tailgate (a la Audi A5 and A7 Sportback, as well as the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe), making it technically a five-door.

Expect the interior to be fairly faithful to the concept as well, with Passat-inspired full-width air-con vents, a virtual instrument panel and a tall, sloping transmission tunnel. Like the outgoing CC, the Arteon should come with five- and four-seater options.

Powertrain options should include the usual TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines from the Passat, as well as a range of manual and DSG dual-clutch transmissions. Also to be expected is a GTE plug-in hybrid that uses the Sport Coupe Concept GTE’s V6 TSI engine mated to two electric motors to produce a combined 380 hp, resulting in a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.2 seconds and a 250 km/h top speed, as well as fuel consumption of 50 km per litre, a 50 km pure electric range and a total range of 1,000 km.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Sport Coupe Concept GTE at Geneva 2015