Gaze Upon VW's Design Future With The Sport Coupe Concept GTE

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Hey, that turned out okay. Get used to the way the Volkswagen Sport Coupe GTE Concept looks, because it's being billed as the future of VW design. Watch as it zooms into the future! There are lasers in the future!

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Here's the lowdown: it's a five-door hatch on the MQB modular platform, same as the new Golf and its many cousins, but it's idealized as slotting above the Passat and CC but below the Phaeton. No word yet on production though.

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It's also being billed as having "initial glimpses of a new design era" for VW, which is good as it's pretty attractive, if even more Audi-ish than ever before. Not that that's a bad thing. I like how the LEDs merge into the front grille.

In terms of power the Sport Coupe GTE Concept packs a 3.0-liter plug-in hybrid V6 with two electric motors, one front and one rear, that has up to 374 horsepower with all-wheel drive. Volkswagen says it can do zero to 62 mph in five seconds flat all while returning 118 MPG on the European cycle. In E-Mode, the 114 horsepower motor at the rear can drive the car alone.

Like screens? This car's got 'em, including a 10.1-inch central touch screen and two of the same on the back headrests, as well as a 12.3-inch tablet-looking thing for the A/C controls.

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I like where they're going with this car, for the most part. We'll see what parts of it, if any, make it to real cars someday.

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Mike Villa

We all knew this was coming. It was only a matter of time before the automotive grill became self-aware and slowly started infiltrating other parts of the car.

Once could trace the beginning of the grill's domination back to the gaping grills that started to appear in the Audis and Fords of the early 2010s. But really, it started with the headlights. It seemed innocent enough at the time. A few cars even looked good with the headlight/grill combos. But we quickly discovered that integration with visibility enhancers wasn't enough for the blood-thirsty grill. No. It wanted more. It wanted everything.

After the headlights it spread much more quickly. It made short work of taking over the hood, front fenders, and door panels. The windshield put up a valiant fight, but in the end was taken down by the grills new ally - "the Feds" - who determined that the enhanced structural rigidity of the grill made the windscreen "safer" than mere glass.

If only now they could look back and see what they've done. If only we could go back to the days where cars were created with expanses of sheet metal and glass and even plastic. But those days are behind us now. For we live in the age of the GrillCar.