GENEVA 2015: Volkswagen’s Elegant Sport Coupe Concept GTE

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Volkswagen’s debut of its sexy Sport Coupe Concept GTE was a welcome addition to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Partly because it’s just so good-looking, and partly because of its glimpses into the evolution of VW’s design and technology. Let’s take a look.

So what is the VW Sport Coupe Concept GTE? First off, it is not a coupe. It has four doors and a large rear hatchback opening. The fast angle on that rear glass invokes the coupe designation, but this GTE has more than two doors. By the way, “GTE” designates it as a plug-in hybrid.

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Related: North American International Auto Show 2015: Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE

From the looks of it, we’re going to be seeing a lot of more these upturned hockey sticks – VW says they’re “like the winglets of a modern jet airplane” – in future VW designs. Integrating the winglets is another common theme, as these flow directly into the grille.

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Winglets go back here too. These float within their fields.

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Inside, the GTE combines those winglets with integration to great effect.

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A cocoon-like effect is the result of long horizontal lines feeding into the doors.

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Neat that this door-handle design lets you grab a winglet.

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The Sport Coupe Concept GTE is all about screens. There’s one with a 3D effect for the instruments…

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…along with the traditional center stack, here sporting a 10.1-inch display. Again, well-integrated.

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Passengers in back face two large displays, which are controlled by an upward-facing center control screen.

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That center screen is a fun idea, but anyone with a dog knows that screen would have dog-nail scratches on it in no time.

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Nice shaping on the door panels. It’s a bold choice to put the wood under the armrest, rather than featuring it above as per usual. Cool speaker grilles too.

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More winglets here, with another interpretation of the lower panel’s speaker-grille pattern.

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Sttrictly for two back there, and those two would appear to be well-served by these sporty-looking thrones.

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This concept bodes well for VW’s design future. We’ll likely be seeing a lot more of those winglets, and the nice thing about that in the Sport Coupe Concept GTE is that they’re not just stuck-on – they define the car’s edges, inside and out. It’ll be fun to see how VW applies them next.

Tell us in the comments – what do you think of the Sport Coupe Concept GTE?

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