Geneva round-up (1): Volkswagen Group
March 4, 2015 § Leave a comment
Motor shows: more fun via Twitter these days, but for a bit more detail… Further to things I’ve already outlined in previous pre-show posts, some more plug-in vehicles of various provenance and philosophy, with pictures (my own). First up, the Volkswagen Group contenders, and the Volkswagen Coupe Concept GTE (replacement for Passat-based CC, larger and intended to go further upmarket, so sort of a sporty mid-point between Passat and Phaeton, I suppose). Gets the Group’s PHEV powertrain with V6 TSI petrol engine and a pair of electric motors, delivering an overall 380hp and 141-odd mpg averaged-out. And the Volkswagen Group’s not confirmed any details, but the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 two-seat coupe concept (notable for its very verdant paintwork) is fitted with a hybrid powertrain too, reports Autocar.
Similarly, Audi e-trons galore: from the diesel-electric Q7 e-tron quattro (373hp, a 35-mile all-electric range, 166mpg, 0-62 in six seconds) and Prologue Avant fastback estate (next A6; near-identical powertrain to the above) to latest R8 e-tron (all-electric – more power, increased range of 280 miles, new spaceframe construction; available to special order) – and the series-production A3 Sportback e-tron PHEV (pictured). And on the Spanish side of the family, the Seat #20V20 concept (an SUV) is said to have – theoretically, at least, at this stage – a plug-in hybrid powertrain too.